A new chapter begins in the studio’s ongoing engagement with the Tuscan Garden.
Working on a neighbouring site and for the same clients, a design evolves for the gardens of an intimate hotel, situated on a hilltop in the Val d’Orcia.
Potter’s House becomes a place of refuge for Luciano during the global pandemic. With travel restricted and the artist residency programme temporarily suspended, tending its small garden provides purpose and inspiration. Whilst working in isolation, dreams of a larger collaborative project materialise and the concept of The Field starts to take shape.
Construction of The Field’s walls begins in spring, with the first phase of planting scheduled for the autumn.
Luciano is invited to reimagine the Piazza Vecchia in Bergamo, as part of the major Italian landscape event "I Maestri del Pasesaggio".
The temporary installation, spanning eighteen days, saw an intervention of soft canopies set amongst organic islands of planting, bringing an everchanging play of light to the architecture and atmosphere of the familiar city square.
Work also begins on the studio's first public project; a five-acre Walled Garden at Raby Castle, in County Durham.
The design builds on the surviving iconic elements of this historic garden, the ancient yew hedges and central circular pond.
Work continues on large scale projects in Dallas and Formentera.
The landscape and climate of the Balearic Islands encourages exploration into a palette of plants that offer new potential for attention to combination, texture and colour.
Completes the first Italian based project, close to Luciano’s birth place, in Tuscany.
Work begins at Potter’s House, the once home and studio of ceramicist Maria Antonia Carrio. Located in Son Servera, Mallorca, this space will be home to a fledgling residency programme, bringing together a dialogue of makers, with the aim of enriching the studio’s own creative thinking and approach to making gardens.
In May 2016 Luciano's second book, “The Art of Making Gardens” was published by Merrell. Investigating Giubbilei’s influences, the book reveals what it is about the world that inspires him and how that is manifested in the designs. Significant emphasis is paid to Luciano’s connection with Great Dixter, with specific reference to his gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014 and the Venice Biennale in 2015.
The same year, Luciano was awarded with Siena's 'Premio Mangia', recognising those who have 'achieved a clear international reputation through their work' and in so doing, have represented Siena on the world stage.
Creates an open-air exhibition at Venice Biennale, in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, for the New York-based artist Ursula von Rydingsvard.
Von Rydingsvard’s works were sited to integrate with the distinctive quality of light, canopy of pine and poplar trees, surrounding architecture and sea beyond.
Awarded Best in Show and a gold medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for his third Laurent-Perrier Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Collaborates with Artist Ursula von Rydingsvard.
This new direction brings larger projects in the US working with perennial prairie seeding experts in the wilds of the midwest mountains.
In search of a new direction, decides to seek out a mentor and to invest his time learning more about flowers. Starts work at Great Dixter, the iconic Arts & Crafts garden in East Sussex where Head Gardener Fergus Garrett gives him his own border to experiment within. This ongoing collaboration in a working garden has transformed Luciano's vision and way of working.
Awarded Best International Garden by the British Association of Landscape Industries for a project in Cap d’Antibes in the south of France.
Collaborates with Japanese artchitect Kengo Kuma and British sculptor Peter Randall-Page on his second garden for Laurent-Perrier at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is awarded a gold medal.
Self publishes his second book “Nature and Human Intervention” about the project.
His first book “The Gardens of Luciano Giubbilei” is published by Merrell. Travels extensively to Japan to oversee the production of Kengo Kuma's bamboo pavilion, part of his garden at RHS Chelsea 2011. Gardens he has designed are again awarded Principal Awards for Best Use of Lighting and Best Residential Garden by the British Association of Landscape Industries.
Luciano is invited to design his first garden for Laurent-Perrier at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show by Tom Stuart-Smith. The garden is the first time Luciano has worked with flowers and it is awarded a gold medal. The challenge of designing with colourful flowering perennials signals a new direction and a sense of renewal in Luciano's work, seen also in a Moroccan garden featuring 14,000 grasses and 12,000 roses.
Collaborates with British artist Nigel Hall RA on the two projects, continues to work in California on a private commission.
Designs his first project in the US (New York Upper East Side overlooking Central Park) and visits California for a new commission. Gardens Luciano has designed are awarded the Supreme Award and Best Residential Garden by the British Association of Landscape Industries.
Luciano designs a garden at Addison Road which wins the Best Residential Garden award from the British Association of Landscape Industries, the third time Luciano's gardens have recived this distinction. The garden, featuring an artwork by Keiichi Tahara, also wins a principal award for Best Use of Lighting.
Designs his first furniture collection inspired by John Pawson.
Designs Pelham Crescent in collaboration with fountaineer Andrew Ewing. The garden explores the concept of "Empty Space" through its careful composition. For the first time Luciano uses flowering, multi-stemmed, natural form trees, a new element in his designs.
Meets artist Stephen Cox through his work on a garden in Kensington. This is Luciano's first major collaboration with a significant artist and awakens his passion for art, a theme which soon becomes a key influence.
Designs several gardens which were awarded Best Residential Garden by the British Association of Landscape Industries.
Meets Willy Jansen of Atelier Vierkant and starts to use his pots for his spatial composition, a language he develops over the next few years.
Designs his first garden outside the UK, in Geneva, for the company Unigestion SA.
Designs a garden in The Boltons, London, for interior designer Kelly Hoppen. The garden was awarded The Principle Award - Best Residential Garden by the British Association of Landscape Industries.
Designs and completes Harcourt Terrace, the first real project where Luciano's philosophy was enshrined in a garden. The garden was published internationally.
Meets Giorgio Locatelli and starts to produce flower arrangements for his restaurant while developing his design practice.
Graduates from The Inchbald School of Design in 1995 as Student of the Year.
Works as an assistant designer for Anthony Paul at the Black and White Cottage - starts to develop his own style and approach.
Moves to London to study at the Inchbald School of Design.
Comes to London to visit schools of Garden Design and meets with Andrew Wilson at the Inchbald School of Design.
Visits Villa Gamberaia and meets Silvano, the head gardener, who gives him a book titled 'GAMBERAIA' with black and white images by Balthazar Korab. This becomes the most influential reference for Luciano's early work.
Moves to the countryside where he starts growing vegetables and cooking with them, sparking a deep interest in gardens as moments of communion.
Luciano was born in Siena, Italy. He lived with his grandmother in the old town where the densely layered architecture and its quality of light had a strong influence on him.