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  • 03.25.11

Tools of my Trade: Ken Smith on Hotels, Lawrence Halprin, and Inspiration

The landscape architect shares the tools and inspirations that help him breathe life into the artificial.

Tools of my Trade: Ken Smith on Hotels, Lawrence Halprin, and Inspiration
Photograph by Dean Kaufman

Ken Smith is not one to blend in. The New York — based designer moves beyond earth and stone in his work, often employing surprising elements such as bright synthetic flowers and plastic rocks. “Landscapes are made up of all sorts of synthetic things, and most people try to hide it,” he says. “I don’t.”

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1. PLASTIC ROCK

2. MODEL OFF-HIGHWAY TRUCK

3. REFERENCE BOOK

4. HOTEL NOTEPADS

5. GANESHA SOUVENIR

6. TUMI TRAVEL BAG

7. SALT CRYSTALS

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8. MEMENTO

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