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Iconic Gardens. Remarkable natural environments.
The fascinating wonderful Botanical Gardens at the University of Palermo, an example of inestimable Italian heritage and an architectonic and natural marvel, have been chosen by Ethimo as the evocative setting for some of its most iconic collections. Seen through the lens of photographer Bernard Touillon, in Iconic Gradens Ethimo tells the story of the continuity between materials and shapes that every piece of furniture manages to establish with the natural world that gives it inspiration and substance. Iconic pieces from the Ethimo collection seem to find their natural context, merging harmoniously with the shapes and colours of this almost magically unreal setting, against the magnificent backdrop of extraordinary plants, like giant bamboo, ginkgo biloba, ficus macrophylla, citrus trees and palms. Under the foliage of more than 400 square metres of the ficus known as the “Garden Giant”, Rafael, the latest collection engendered by the flair of Paola Navone, enhances the solid essence of the wood and the craftsmanship of its manufacture, Esedra stands in a bamboo grove that emphasises its colonial style; the Grand Life collection is embraced in an enchanting timeless mood inside the nineteenth-century greenhouse, and Swing with its repetition of elements becomes a classic piece among the columns of the Gymnasium. Covering ten hectares, these gardens are a unique, special place that expresses the most authentic link between the beauty of nature and the essence of matter, in constant dialogue that stars Ethimo outdoor design as the main player in a garden that makes its mark.