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Diarmuid Gavin


In 2004 A.J Wells was approached by Diarmuid Gavin Designs to help create an epic garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden featured over 5,000 individually coloured enamelled balls to create a habitable pod within the garden.The project recieved huge media exposure and was filmed for a BBC 2 six part series.

Due to the spherical nature of the balls bespoke spraying and firing jigs were built to enable each ball to be seamlessly enamelled. A range of specialist contrasting colours were developed in-house in conjunction with Diarmuid Gavin and renowned fashion designer Orla Kiely.

Once finished the balls were painstaking attached to a fabricated steel framework that formed the Pod.

“It is a suburban garden which is about fun. But the planting is very much integral. The pod sits in a bed of ferns - it almost floats there.”

Diarmuid Gavin - 2004

Diarmuid Gavin Designs achieved a Silver Gilt award for their garden.