Aveda Vertical Gardening

Aveda Vertical Gardening

Client/ Hair at 58 - 2013

The lovely people at this award winning hair Aveda salon in Clifton came by our work whilst having lunch at Be.in Bristol. Fortuitously for them, one of the directors was finishing some details on the vertical garden. We say fortuitous because 'Hair at 58' had been working on the design for their much vaunted refurb for three years of which vertical greening was a defining feature. However, with work due to start in 3-and-a-half weeks, they were yet to find the right people.

So Eudaimon rolled up their sleeves to meet the deadline for this demanding task - three bespoke vertical gardens design to fit into a Georgian doorway and very specific wall space. Add to that, that we designed, fabricated and finished the modules also.

The result though... three beautiful vertical gardens that act to showcase the fantastic venue.

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Published on March 04, 2014 by Eudaimon Design.

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Cascading Vegetation

Cascading Vegetation

Client/ Arnolfini + Bristol City Council - 2013

For the St Anne’s Commission, Eudaimon will create two exterior planting systems to become part of the architecture at both the Infants site at Bloomfield Road and the Juniors site atLichfield Road. Early designs show a zigzag structure, made up of horizontal and vertical cylinders with piercings for seeds to be sewn and grown up into saplings.  Much like a marble-run game, pupils will be able to sow seeds up and down the structure, watching the growth of plants and the resultant changes to the sculptural form. Eudaimon will apply a similar technical and design strategy to their '50 Stokes Croft' Vertical Garden project to produce a drip irrigation system for the planters at St Anne’s. Eudaimon are working closely with the school to look at ways the project crosses over with the curriculum, especially Forest School, and plan to run a series of gardening workshops for pupils.

The work is due for completion in 2014.

See Art in the Public Realm for more

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Published on August 11, 2013 by Eudaimon Design.

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The Big Be In

The Big Be In

Client / Be.in Group 2013 

We have been working on a mildly secret and very absorbing project for the past six months or so. This is for the appropriately named Be.in Group who plan to open several bars across the great cities of Britain over the next few years.

For us as a design practice, being involved in a bar/restaurant project has represented a massive opportunity for us to take a number of ideas from our rather varied design bookshelf (metaphorically speaking) and make them real. We have been integrally involved in setting out a vision of applied sustainability in design and business ethos.

Our vision for what the be.in bars will be is deeply involved in the design based 'making culture'. We have designed, prototyped, and fabricated all the furniture in the venue with our developing skills in CNC operating. Beautiful (and comfortable!) chairs, vertical garden modules (made of 98% post-consumer recycled plastics), tables, artworks, lighting schemes, and many other aspects have all fallen into our remit. 

We are very much looking forward to this fantastic venue opening up in September.  

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Published on August 08, 2013 by Eudaimon Design.

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The Vyne

The Vyne

Client/ The National Trust - 2012 

We were approached by our friends at The Green Play Project with a proposition we couldn't refuse - to collaborate in the designing of a natural material play space set in a beautiful National Trust site in Basingstoke. The brief: playful and surprising, bold whilst remaining responsive to the context of the site. The challenge: a three week turnaround...  

The experience that we wanted to create with this design was to create a magical space for children where they could cut loose from wandering around a world made for grown ups (grand mansions, flower gardens and so on) and let their imaginations run free in a realm of underground tunnels, meandering streams and upside down trees.

Our role encompassed concept design development, design presentation final concept images and a detailed planting scheme.

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Published on October 22, 2012 by Eudaimon Design.

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Seeds of Change: Floating Ballast Seed Garden

Seeds of Change: Floating Ballast Seed Garden

Client/ Bristol City Council - 2012

The floating ballast seed garden is an exciting living history project moored beneath Castle Park in Bristol. The concept of the project is to bring to light through horticulture, Bristol's maritime and trading past. 'Between 1680 and the early 1900’s ships’ ballast – earth, stones and gravel from trade boats from all over the world used to weigh down the vessel as it docked- was offloaded into the river at Bristol. This ballast contained the seeds of plants from wherever the ship had sailed'.

Eudaimon were asked by Bristol City Council to design the off grid power, lighting and irrigation system for the floating garden and were given just a few short weeks to turn it around before the Olympics!

Within minutes of beginning the design process it was evident that even the needs of high efficiency LEDs across 50m and irrigation 90m2 were in complete excess of the power generating potential of a single PV and that some nifty electronics would be needed to make this commission a success. Eudaimon brought in the acclaimed lighting engineer Paul Ollett (inventor of the modern lighting desk) to collaborate on designing context aware and load reducing electronics that would enable the three main parts work seamlessly together. This included:

1. Reducing the power demand: by designing a custom 12v switch to reduce the brightness of the LEDs by 75% (from 4.3w/m to 1w/m)

2. Context aware automation: As the power produced by the solar panel drops at night fall this change in current informs our circuit of when to switch on the lights. This ensures the lights use energy between dawn and dusk only (changes significantly through the year)

3. British Summer Proofed: by shutting off the automated irrigation after 3mm of rainfall.

"Seeds of Change" is the overall title of an ongoing project by the Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves. The design of the floating garden has been developed by German designer Gitta Gschwendtner in close collaboration with the artist Maria Thereza Alves and Nick Wray of University of Bristol Botanic Garden; Lucy Empson, landscape architect (BCC), Arnolfini and Eudaimon.

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Published on September 30, 2012 by Eudaimon Design.

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Bathtubs of Biodiversity

Bathtubs of Biodiversity

Client/ Rethink Mental Illness - 2011

The Bathtubs of Biodiversity project set out to transform an unloved 'moat' used by passersby as a rubbish dump into a unusual green space. The concept behind it was very much in keeping with the ethos of the client, who bring mental illness out of the shadows and in to the light supporting, advising and connecting people. Thus we sought to rethink the moat, by turning it into a place of life and reusing unwanted items. What better planter to use in a moat than a bath? And what about reappraising the function of a toilet as a place to grow stuff from rather than send our shit down?

The planting is a mix of evergreen native and non-native planting that rewards inquisitive passersby with flowering camellias, passion flower & geraniums, frondy ferns, autumnal bursts of colour with sacred bamboo and English ivy for nutrition for insects and birds in the barren months of winter.

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Published on September 28, 2012 by Eudaimon Design.

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Mini-Wildernesses and The Secret Garden Party

Mini-Wildernesses and The Secret Garden Party

Client/ The Decorist - 2012

Project Terrarium is a ongoing R&D project at our horticultural laboratory. Sometimes these experiments escape the watchful eyes of our technicians and end up in the wider world.
This is precisely what happened with the Mini-Wildernesses and the Secret Garden Party where the excellent interior designer The Decorist (of Radical Nature and Nigella Lawton fame) used 36 terrariums and boozariums in the boutique banquet areas of both the Wilderness and the Secret Garden Party festivals.

Pictures are limited, but we have been assured that they were well loved and added an unexpected and beautiful aesthetic to the situation.

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Published on September 19, 2012 by Eudaimon Design.

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Transcendental Gardens of Wellbeing

Transcendental Gardens of Wellbeing

Client/ The Welling Being Space - 2012

The Wellbeing Space hosts a wide range of complementary and alternative therapies in Hamilton House. When they outgrew their space they relocated to a custom built space in the same building (see concept design by Eudaimon) and requested a vertical garden design for their space. With a limited budget, we decided to proceed in a different direction and set about creating a hanging bamboo planter garden for their counselling room. The garden consists of two large custom made bamboo planters. The upper planter was then filled with plants that cascade and the lower planter with plants that climb and grow upwards. The planting scheme is well balanced and symmetrical to work with creating a calm and harmonious therapeutic environment. All of the plants are NASA endorsed 'air purifying' plants to connect with the sense of wellbeing. The final visual effect is a transcendental wall of green in beautiful naturally treated bamboo planters.

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Published on June 20, 2012 by Eudaimon Design.

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Reign of Terrarium!

Reign of Terrarium!

Eudaimon Side Project - 2012 ongoing

Terrariums have a significant place in the history of the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Terrariums are enclosed or semi-enclosed glass environments for plants which at their most elaborate are called 'Wardian Cases' and at their most simple 'bottle gardens'. The discovery of the ability to raise plants in glass environments, due to the humid micro-climate created by the plants transpiring, allowed for the transportation of exotic plants globally - something which had been impossible previously as plants would die during the exposed and arduous journey on the ocean. This led to a breakdown of geographic botanical hegemony. Hundreds of thousands of tea plants were smuggled by the British from China to Assam in India in terrariums. Rubber plants were transported from South America, propagated in Kew Gardens, London, and then sent out to colonies in Indonesia.


Terrariums also allowed the Victorians to have evergreen and exotic plants indoors for the first time. Pollution and native species limitations made life difficult for wannabe indoor gardeners. The protected environment of the terrarium led to a widespread craze that allowed for jungle plants and ferns to be grown inside.
We set about playing with this Western version of Zen Gardening (precise, patient attention to detail is a must!) as an experiment, which has worked beautifully. Plants need very little attention such as watering 3 times a year, prefer low light levels and are perfect for people who normally can't look after plants.

Eudaimon were commissioned to create 30 mini-terrariums for the boutique banqueting area at the Secret Garden Party. These we playfully entitled "boozariums" for the fact that we had to get through quite a lot of whiskey and rum to supply the correct bottles! Pictures are currently being edited.


Eudaimon are now taking the terrarium concept on to a new level combining this form of the Western Zen Gardening with miniature sculpture. Expect developments later this year prior to a gallery exhibition.

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Published on March 01, 2012 by Eudaimon Design.

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The Green Play Project

The Green Play Project

Client/ Green Play Project - 2011 ongoing

The Green Play Project make play spaces out of natural materials and specialise in play space furniture that allow for children to be creative with free play. So when they approached Eudaimon for help with project realisation with graphic design, we were more than happy to oblige, as the vision and aspirations of people we work with is important to us, particularly with regards to sustainability, creative design, urban ecology and green technology. We have an ongoing relationship with Green Play in helping develop their concept designs to the highest level for commissions with schools and institutions such as the National Trust.


Our capacity to 3D model, render and produce professional graphic design according to client specification has led to the creation of a close working relationship with Green Play. See our slideshow for more.

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Published on December 30, 2011 by Eudaimon Design.

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The Hanging Gardens of Poco

The Hanging Gardens of Poco

Client/ Poco Tapas - 2011

Businesses such as restaurants in small venues need to maximise space whilst making making their place as lovely as possible. This was pretty much our brief for interior soft landscape work at the bustling tapas restaurant on the corner of Stokes Croft. One of the strengths of the venue was high ceilings and good light, so we decided on creating a hanging garden to work with framing the large artworks on the wall. Asparagus ferns & jungle tree climbers, spider plants & exotic trailing plants all work together to create a striking use of indoor plants.
Phase two of works will be to train some of the plants to become jungle canopy to further complement the industrial / art / Victorian aesthetic at Poco. Watch this space for more!

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Published on November 30, 2011 by Eudaimon Design.

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About Coexist: The 2011 Report

About Coexist: The 2011 Report

Client/ University of Bristol + Coexist CIC

The Coexist project at Hamilton House is an amazing example of how inspired people can get together, hatch a fantastic plan & then make it happen. In 2009 Martin Connelly, one of the owners of the then vacant shell of Hamilton House (a building of a whopping 55,000 ft2), tasked Oli Wells and Jaime Pike fill the building with creative individuals and organisations. This they did on a shoe string of a budget, in the process helping establish Stokes Croft as a centre of creative excellence with over 150 tenants ranging from puppeteers, fashion designers, community youth groups, horticulturalists, architects and much more. During this process conference rooms, event spaces, dance studios, and therapeutic rooms have also been established.


The University of Bristol were interested in engaging with this project of grassroots urban regeneration and saw the need to document the process set in motion by Coexist. So Simon Moreton and Jamie Pike set themselves the task of writing a detailed report about the Coexist project to be read by a wide and diverse audience. Eudaimon were approach to help with the final development of the document in both graphic design and editing roles.

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Published on October 28, 2011 by Eudaimon Design.

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Greening the Riverside / № 1 Jamaica St

Greening the Riverside / № 1 Jamaica St

Client/ The Riverside Group - 2011

№ 1 Jamaica Street is a large supported housing temporary shelter managed by The Riverside Group. Over a hundred vulnerable people live at the shelter at any one time, ranging from people with mental health issues, alcohol/drug problems, and homelessness. The premise was a hard, echoey and faceless environment. Our mission: to make the shelter a healthier, happier and more beautiful place that creates an opportunity for residents to learn about growing and looking after plants.

The project set about creating an edible and biodiverse landscape around the outside of the building. To achieve this a week in the wood workshop was necessary to construct the custom made planters, along with the delivery of 12 tonnes of soil. We planted fruit trees, fruit bushes and herbs along with two majestic birch trees to provide the residents with a sense of pride of place, as well as the possibility of enjoying fruit through the summer and autumn. The roof terrace was converted into a haven of possibilities for the residents to grow vegetables and edible herbs such as chamomile.


The interior presented another opportunity to use plants to create fresh air. Many of the plants used have significant capacities to remove indoor airborne contaminants. We also played with the idea of sensory memory gardening. A number of residents have significant memory issues, which contributes to disorientation in a large building with too many stairs and corridors to navigate through. So our idea was to use differently scented geraniums on each of the 3 floors so that when residents rub or brush the plant, they can locate which floor they are on. Many of the plants used are also easy to propagate, so that when residents express an interest in learning about plants they can be taught how to propagate plants and then take the plantlets to be looked after in their private rooms.

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Published on October 19, 2011 by Eudaimon Design.

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It Wasn't Always Like This...

It Wasn't Always Like This...

Client/ The Canteen - 2011

Every month The Canteen commission an artist to create an original artwork for the Canteen flyer. When Robert was commissioned to do the design for the August 2011, he decided to bring the history of the building to prominence (a slightly obsessive preoccupation he has) and spent a number of hours at the Bristol Archive Centre finding images of Stokes Croft back in the day. The plan: contextualise Hamilton House through positioning the past simultaneously with the present. Before Hamilton House was Hamilton House it was the Baptist College so Robert set about finding a picture from the 19th Century of the Baptist College that he could physically situate where Hamilton House currently lives. The effect: an array of local people who were surprised in to thinking about how their local area has been shaped through time and space.

See our gallery below for a few more pictures of Stokes Croft back in the day

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Published on July 31, 2011 by Eudaimon Design.

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The Canteen Garden a.k.a The Kissing Garden

The Canteen Garden a.k.a The Kissing Garden

The Artist Gardener (Demitri Launder), creator of the space, describes the Canteen as follows:

"From the  Canteen  Garden grows  a  cohort  of  native  trees.  Local species of apple, pear, plumb and gage trained to embrace Hamilton House. The long term project ~ over the next years ~ is to espalier | pleach ~ and eventually pollard these trees into a single co-existing arborial sculpture. Perhaps beyond the grafted points, where branches embrace, this community of trees we will grow hybrid fruits, the results of these arborial kisses."

We love the greenifying of our neighbourhood. We love the greenifying of Hamilton House. So when a request came in to take over the Canteen garden, we duly obliged. Since taking over, we have planted a wider variety of evergreen plants and have espaliered all of the fruit trees in line with the initial green landscape vision.  A Wall of Raspberries mixed with wildflowers was recently planted too. Widespread mint planting in the main beds is the next stage to create a robust and nice smelling plant bed when Canteengoers put their bags or step in the plant beds.

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Published on March 01, 2011 by Eudaimon Design.

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Shambala go Green[er]

Shambala go Green[er]

Client/ Kembe Events // Shambala Festival - 2010

For more than a year and a day our neighbours at Hamilton House looked through the Eudaimon HQ window green with envy at the verdant jungle we inhabit. With Shambala being the winners of 'A Greener Festival Award' 3 years in a row and 'The Most Sustainable Event in the UK' 2009, but lacking any kind of green living thing in their HQ they approached us with a request to green up their office with plants that would improve the overall atmosphere. Particularly with plants that may be able to mitigate flatulence… Fortified with the science of plant fresh air creation we took on the task, creating a lush living environ in process.

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Published on October 29, 2010 by Eudaimon Design.

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Little Eden

Little Eden

Eudaimon Side Project - 2010 ongoing

Greener the interior of buildings is a consuming passion of the creative director, Robert. The Eudaimon studio acts as a magnifying glass for this inner drive. Our studio is consistently described as 'the best place in Hamilton House' and is in many way an plant research laboratory dedicated to advancing our skill at indoor greening projects. With over 150 plants in the studio at any one point our studio goes over and above the optimum level of plant/space balance for healthy air creation.


Detailed understanding of specific plant requirements have been developed according to light, moisture, and general care level. In a space of 20m2 we have a number of separate climates 'zones' to suit our plants ranging from the desert, to amazonian jungle. During the summer and autumn our 4th floor studio becomes a haven for bees, ladybirds and butterflies who visit us looking for pollen, nectar and other insects!

Little Eden has been through several experimental phases including a year long experiment of growing edible plants in the office betwixt the established indoor plants. These included several varieties of chilli, beans, salad leaves, coriander, basil, parsley. Ultimately the indoor edible growing project was abandoned as we found that the level of 'pests' increased exponentially (particularly greenfly). Natural predators were found (ladybirds) but became fat and lazy with the overabundance of pest!


Eudaimon hope to one day soon, create any amazing indoor plant world like ours [but better] for a client who wants to create an indoor space that is like no other and literally wows everybody who encounters a careful designed interior environment.
Visit our gallery to see the evolution of our studio space.

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Published on March 25, 2010 by Eudaimon Design.

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