A few nice modern kitchen images I found:
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012
Image by Karen Roe
The Westland Magical Garden
Sponsored by Westland Horticulture
Silver Gilt medal winner
Designed by Diarmuid Gavin
Built by Dermot Kerins & Gerry Conneely
The Westland Magical Garden is a retreat for garden lovers, a green plot in the city for planting fruit, vegetables, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and seasonal flowers in containers. The garden is pyramid-shaped and comprises seven terraces of planting at different levels.
Trees (including birch trees) grow upright in multi-level planting boxes linking the terraces together, alongside trailing climbers that have been released from their trellis and bamboo canes.
The ground-level section is a shaded garden with formal, elegant planting including ferns, hostas and clipped Buxus sempervirens in terracotta urns. A staircase and elevator provide transport to the higher terraces, while a stainless tubular slide offers the opportunity of a rapid and adventurous descent.
The design is enhanced by a series of garden buildings, from humble sheds to greenhouses.
Access is by a central lift manned by a bellboy kitted out ‘1920s New York Style’.
Level 1 – 16 x 16m plot with ferns, hostas, astilbes, ivy and clipped common box. Plants include bamboo, Epimedium and Hosta.
Level 2 – Japanese pavilion with dwarf pines, Japanese maples and bamboo. Plants include Buxus and Betula nigra.
Level 3 – Plants include Rhyncospermum jasminoides and Amelanchiers.
Level 4 – Victorian greenhouse, outdoor dining room and outdoor kitchen. Plants include a variety of vegetables.
Level 5 – A shower and bath, complete with solar-powered hot water. Shade provided by a cabbage tree and Chinese windmill palm. It has a tubular slide that brings you back to earth in 20 seconds. Plants include Water Lilies.
Level 6 – ‘Bohemia at its best’ – a place to chill, complete with colourful hammocks. Plants include Betulia albosinensis.
Level 7 – Plants include Wallichiana pines and Alchemilla mollis.
The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.
It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. From the beginning it has contained both nursery exhibits and model gardens. Every year there have been exhibits from foreign countries as well as from Britain.
It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family, who attend the opening day every year.
Whatever you love about gardening, there’s something for you at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
‘Fresh’ is a brand new area that includes modern, inventive gardens with new design ideas, along with tradestands offering ingenious new products.
Tokyo: Tsukiji Jonai Shijo
Image by wallyg
Tōkyō-to Chūō Oroshiuri Shijō (東京都中央卸売市場), or the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as Tsukiji shijō (築地市場), or the Tuskiji Market, is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood, in excess of 2000 metric tons a day, and provides employment to over 60,000 registered employees.
The market consists of an “inner market” (jonai shijo) and an “outer market” (jogai shijo). The inner market is the licensed wholesale market, where the auctions and processing of the fish take place, and where approximately 900 licensed wholesale dealers operate from small stalls. The outer market is a mixture of wholesale and retail shops hawking everything from kitchen tools to groceries and seafood.
The first market in Tokyo was established by Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo period when he invited fishermen from Tsukudajima, Osaka to Edo in order to provide fish for the castle. Fish not bought by the castle was sold at a market called uogashi (literally, "fish quay") near the Nihonbashi Bridge, which was one of many specialized wholesale markets lining the canals of Edo. In the aftermath of The Great Kantō earthquake of 1923, which devastated much of central Tokyo, including uogashi, the market was relocated to the Tsukiji district. After construction of a modern market facility in 1935, the fish market began operations under the provisions of the 1923 Central Wholesale Market Law, which the Japanese government had enacted following the "Rice Riots" (Kome Soudai) of 1918. Three major markets were established in Tsukiji, Kanda and Koto with smaller branch markets in Ebara, Toshima, and Adachi. At present, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s system of wholesale markets includes more than a dozen major and branch markets, handling seafood, produce, meat, and cut flowers.
Tsukiji Market opens at 3am every morning except Sundays with the arrival of seafood by ship, truck and plane, including the unloading of tons of frozen tuna. Auction house wholesalers, or oroshi gyousha, then estimate the value and prep the product for auction. Bidding can only be done by licensed participants, including intermediate wholesalers, or nakaoroshi gyousha, who operate the inner market stalls, and agents for restaurants, food processing companies, and large retailers. The auctions usually end around 7am and the purchased seafood is either loaded onto or on small carts and moved to the many market shops, where it is cut and prepared for retail.