If you’ve taken a Vectorworks Landmark or interior design training course at Design Software Solutions in the United Kingdom, you’ve experienced Kate Pearson’s talents as a knowledgeable Vectorworks software trainer firsthand. So when Oxley's Furniture invited her to design their exhibit for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, we were delighted and not the least bit surprised!
Pearson joined the talented team at Design Software Solutions in 2010. Prior to that, she completed her training as a landscape designer at the Oxford College of Garden Design. It was there, during a Vectorworks Landmark training course, where she met Vectorworks trainer and author Tamsin Slatter.
For the show, Vectorworks Landmark software was invaluable; Pearson used the tool to create a concept board, model, plans, sections, and elevations, as well as to calculate quantities. She started by drawing inspiration from Italy, where a high concentration of Oxley’s Furniture’s European customer base resides. She wanted to show off the traditional garden furniture company’s product lines amid a traditional, Italian design. The resulting display focuses on a central axis with a raised platform. This area showcases more casual lounge furniture and provides a meeting area for visitors. In addition, each corner of the space accommodates different-sized furniture and styles.
Pearson’s greatest design challenge was to make a commercial display that was also an inviting garden. To accomplish this, she incorporated five furniture styles, as well as pots, statues, plinths, and a large gazebo. She added a sedum roof and blended it with the garden to provide storage during the show. Pearson incorporated different paving styles in each corner of the space to complement the furniture style on display. She then focused on one paver type for the central raised platform, steps, and paths, for added continuity.
Her work paid off; Pearson’s design earned Oxley’s Furniture the 5 Star Tradestand Award. You can see her display in person at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show May 20-24, 2014 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. You can also visit Design Software Solutions’ Facebook page to view additional images and to read more about this show as it unfolds.