Since I was born I’ve have suffered from an unfortunate affliction: the dreaded black thumb. For this reason, I’m always in deep awe of people who can not only keep plants alive, but use them as a natural medium for artistic expression. In particular, I love the work of LA- and Paris-based landscape art and design studio Cao|Perrot Studio.
Vietnamese-born, adopted son of Los Angeles Andy Cao is a recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome and the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Native Briton Xavier Perrot was awarded the Lauréats des Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes” (Emerging Young Architects and Landscape Designer Award) by the French Ministry of Culture. Together they seem to make nothing less than magic.
From ethereal gardens for the modern abode to compelling public art installations, this studio pushes the boundaries of landscape architecture as a discipline and bravely explores landscape design as a form of art, expression, and experimentation. Their work is whimsical and fantastic, ranging from magical floral arrangements to conceptual spaces shaded by hovering, shimmering cumulus clouds. They play with materials to create experiential and unforgettable landscapes.
I’m thrilled to think that we’ll soon get the opportunity to work with Andy on an upcoming project. More details to come soon. All we can say for now is that spring in LA is about to bloom, big time.