Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Green House Glasses

In 1978, artists Peter Marston and Adrian Langinger set up a studio and workshop in a 19th-century brewery in Norfolk, England, and began designing glass rooms - conservatories, orangeries, greenhouses and pool houses - that would complement historic houses and allow residents the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the English climate, from indoors. Before long, though, commissions were coming in from across the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean.

A two-story conservatory makes fresh use of a shaded alley behind a London townhouse.

A sensitive, Victorian-style addition to a Regency house in the English countryside.

Approaching its 30th year, Marston & Langinger, has broadened its range to include not only the glass structures for which they are recongnized, but also architectural elements, furnishings, lighting, garden items, accessories and even a line of paint. In 2004 they opened a shop on Mercer Street in New York, to complement the London showroom.

A country house's conservatory and terrace, with furnishings and accessories from Marston & Langinger's product line.

The company's environmentally-safe paints are formulated for interior and exterior use.

Since its inception, the firm, which is intrinsically linked to the environment, has championed eco-friendly production. They continue this tradition today by using only carefully-felled wood from managed forests in West Africa, and by using their own water-based non-toxic paints. What's more, Toyota's Prius is the company car. Bridging the gap between inside and out, never felt -or looked - so good.

If a greenhouse or potting shed is what you require, Marston & Langinger offers a range of free-standing and lean-to styles, as well as bespoke options.

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