Hafleet & Harfleet

at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Statement from Tom Harfleet and Paul Harfleet

Harriet Gross and Shaun Lawson from University of Lincoln initially approached Harfleet & Harfleet with the idea of creating a garden that explored social media and the Internet. Harfleet & Harfleet started the design journey with conversation, an obsession with social media and an interest in modern architecture and crystalline form. From the outset a structure at the centre of the garden was intended to be a metaphorical representation of the Internet. The designers wanted to use two distinct areas of contrasting planting as a sculptural element to the structure in the garden to communicate a sense of scale and distance that is experienced when using the web. Their intention was to reference the conceptual leap one makes when accessing the Internet through a device.

From inception, collaboration, communication and creative expression has been key to delivering Digital Capabilities to the public; the University of Lincoln has been crucial throughout the whole challenging, invigorating and rewarding process; The project could not have been realised without the University’s support and commitment to this innovative process that has explored joint working between university departments and design professionals.

As the project has developed, Harfleet & Harfleet have embraced the opportunity to collaborate and explore the creative process to realise this project that combines complex ideas and concepts in a unique and original way in the high profile context of the new 'Fresh Garden' category at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in its centenary year.