• Laurie Rudd

Soothe The Senses

Water features bring relaxation and refreshment to outdoor spaces

featuresThe Flow Of Water Whether Trickling, babbling or cascading—holds a mesmerizing, often magical quality. And in the outdoor industry, a constant stream of creative designs delivers water-induced calm to any al fresco setting.

“An outdoor room is a tapestry of color, smells and sound,” says Michael Zimber, founder, Stone Forest, designer and manufacturer of water features. “The right fountain provides the element of sound, and in many cases becomes the central feature that defines the space.”

With the growth in water-feature popularity, trends have emerged, ranging from units that mimic their natural surroundings to sophisticated sculptures that appear to be pieces of modern art.

“Soundscaping”—a combination of sounds that arise from an immersive environment— has the ability to “not only create relaxing sound, but also to mask distracting city noise,” according to Amanda Luiso, industrial designer, Kenroy Home. Other trends include smaller, decorative table-top fountains or using LEDs or solar LED lightning for a shimmer effect.

Also important? Movement. Splashy fountains are being replaced by tiers of cascading water, gentle drip stones or softly owing water walls and waterfalls.

On the following pages, we give you a peek at some of the latest water features.

1 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

The X3 fountain from Campania International combines a bold design with the relaxing sounds of running water. Three feet in width, this fountain includes a whisper-quiet, UL-listed pump. No plumbing is needed, as the water recirculates from within. campaniainternational. com

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
SERENITY SOUND

2 SERENITY SOUND

The Serenity indoor/outdoor fountain from Fifthroom is designed to provide great acoustics due to an embracing orb-like design. The soothing sound of rustling water emanates from the semi-enclosed sphere, while the curved design makes for minimal splash and allows for use indoors or out. fifthroom.com

3 ARTFUL AURA

The Vestaglia indoor/outdoor wall fountain exudes a soothing sense of calm with waters that move in sync with the flow of the robes adorning silver figurine statues. The gently trickling water on the polished silver reflects a golden aura from a light in the water vessel. kenroyhome.com

ARTFUL AURA
WATER WHIMSY

4 WATER WHIMSY

The Original Watering Can from Universal Home and Garden appears to be magic. A galvanized watering can and floating-in-air cast faucet give the illusion of the water flowing from thin air. universalhg.com

5 ORGANIC VIBE

Reminiscent of age-old stones carved by weather and water flow, the organic design of the Sedona fountain holds a trio of water sprays at its center. LED lighting illuminates the flow of water that curves into the fountain’s lower reservoir. The Zen-inspired opening allows for it to be appreciated from either side or in a window setting. henristudio.com

ORGANIC VIBE
Aree

6 ALFRESCO FALLS

With a lightweight resin construction, the Jemez from Alfresco Home is crafted to highlight multiple geometric designs with an applied patina finish that creates a natural stone look. A submersible pump and lights provide added functionality. alfrescohome.com

7 SHEAR SPHERE

Carved from a single block of granite in an irregular “broken” saw-cut texture, the Stone Forest Ribbed Sphere fountain features water flowing over the rough rings in the stone, forming a wavy, mesmerizing pattern and a soothing sound. stoneforest.com

SHEAR SPHERE
soothing

8 ROCK AND RIPPLE

Bubbling waters emerge from the peak of natural stone on the Apex Rock fountain from Henri Studio. The waters spring forth and roll down in ripples to the ground, while a high-strength resin basin set below ground level and covered with natural stone lends a disappearing water effect. henristudio.com

9 PEBBLE PLAY

Inspired by the simple beauty of small, smooth stones, oversized versions are hand-carved from blocks of onyx or conglomerate rock to house the Pebble fountain’s flowing waters. stoneforest.com

PEBBLE PLAY
FLOWING FOLIAGE

10 FLOWING FOLIAGE

Water trickles down in the slender Leaves floor fountain by Kenroy Home. A light in the contemporary-style basin illuminates the suspended heart-shaped leaves and the glistening water. kenroyhome.com

Laurie RuddLaurie Rudd | Contributing Writer, Casual Living
info@laurieruddpr.com

As a 30 year marketing and publicity veteran and owner of Laurie Rudd Public Relations and Marketing, Laurie Rudd has been promoting and writing in and about the outdoor living segment for the past twenty years. Currently, her passion for the outdoor industry is on display in her work for multiple outdoor manufacturers as well as the premier trade publication in the outdoor category, Casual Living. Laurie Rudd is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BFA in Communication Graphics and has been a member of the International Casual Furnishings Association since 2008.

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