Influential Designers: Luciano Giubbilei

Born and raised in the Tuscan town of Siena, Luciano Giubbilei lived with his grandmother who had a profound influence on his life and design philosophy. Her life of simplicity and her love of creating great food with the best ingredients has remained with him, and is expressed through his work. The gardens he creates are sublime, with peaceful well organised spaces acting as extensions of the homes they embody. Clean lines of geometric gravel paths aligned with evergreen hedging provide a theatrical backdrop for elegant works of sculpture. The reduced vocabulary of materials adds to the tension and drama. Although his gardens are thoroughly Italian they steer clear of kitsch and bestow a modern interpretion of his native land.