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Arnaud Casaus

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

The landscape architect ArnaudCasaus has reanimated several terraces, balconies, patios and other small-scale plots throughout Paris with his wild and naturalistic style, which is informed as much by his eye for rare international plants as by his own sense of chaos and spontaneity. “It’s like cooking,” he told me earlier this year, as we toured several of his private residential projects. Much in the way that contemporary chefs focus on mixing international influences, supporting small-batch growers, heralding hyper-seasonality and colliding several historical and regional references at once, Casaus is among a group of landscape architects who are redefining their craft largely by ignoring its traditions, choosing instead to create bountiful juxtapositions in unexpected settings.

Words by Kurt Soller