Xanthe White Design is a studio working across a wide spectrum of Landscape Design projects in New Zealand and Internationally. Works include residential, community and commercial spaces as well as installations, with an openness to the process of creative collaboration.
Our practice focuses on the relationships we as people hold with private, shared and natural gardens and landscapes, with each of our projects varying in scale and being unique to the place and people involved.
Xanthe White Design Studio is a bridge between people and the natural world, nurturing respectful and understanding relationships. At the core of our work is our desire to uphold and preserve the art of gardening. We acknowledge our responsibility to positively impact communities and the planet via thoughtful and sustainable design, respecting native ecologies and the whenua.
The design process begins by visiting your site and talking through your project. From these conversations we put together a design brief and outline the stages of the design, including a fee proposal. Once you are happy with this we start the concept design.
We are able to manage the project for you or if you are looking to develop your garden in stages over time we can support you as little or as much as needed.
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— President and Fellow of the Garden Design Society NZ
Xanthe has twenty-six years experience in Landscape design working in New Zealand, Europe and Asia. Her practice ranges from residential to large-scale community projects. She believes design is the art of making connections between people and place, and extends her work to writing and communicating the art of gardening. The joy in her work comes from the people, places and the pleasure of working in a creative studio environment where her work is challenged and expanded by the diversity of skills and perspectives that surround her.
Senior Designer, Wellington
— Bachelor of Architectural Studies
— Accredited Garden Designer - GDSNZ
Growing up in coastal towns and cities around New Zealand instilled in James a love of place, space, and our unique natural world, which in turn drew him to study Architecture and then to Landscape Design. Over the past ten years working for Xanthe White Design, James has had the pleasure of working on a variety of work from large-scale international gardens and iwi-led community projects to urban back gardens and small courtyard designs. James believes a garden is a synergy of its people, its site, and its place here in Aotearoa. James values the unique quality each client instills in their own garden and enjoys working with them to achieve something that is truly special.
James heads the Wellington studio.
— Bachelor of Architecture
Carme grew up in a small village in the countryside of Northern Catalonia in Spain. Always surrounded by wild landscapes, she developed her love and respect for nature, which is reflected in both her personal and professional life. Carme’s design journey started with Architecture, organically transitioning into Landscape Design four years ago when she arrived in New Zealand and started at Xanthe White Design. Her knowledge, eye for detail and understanding of built structure are highly valuable in the Studio, where she has been involved in a variety of work such as: residential and rural landscape design, community projects and large scale international designs, as well as installations. Photography has been in Carme’s life since she can recall and plays an important role in her creative process. This passion is becoming a profession, capturing spaces in both Spain and Aotearoa.
— Diploma of Landscape Design
Born in the Garden City - James “Jim” comes from generations of plantsmen, spending his formative years in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Post-earthquake that inspiration turned to the wildness of the residential red zone and the vastness of the South Island's alpine regions. With a passion for music and arts, James spent time touring both locally and internationally in various bands and projects over the years, before settling in Auckland late 2015 where he remains, still active in those scenes today.
Landscape Designer & Gardener
Justin brings lots of practical experience to the XWD team having worked on many projects in New Zealand and abroad. A master craftsman and landscape gardener, Justin has worked with Xanthe for over twenty years on countless projects. Justin loves working with timber and brick especially, and has honed his skills over the years through landscape design and construction, as well as personal artistic projects. With a deep knowledge of the art of gardening, Justin's favourite part of working with plants is to see a garden evolve, growing into itself and layering up over time.
— Bachelor of Spatial Design
— Master of Art & Design
Growing up exploring back gardens and native bush, Zeenia found her love for landscapes and living environments through a curiosity of 'vibrant matter' existing between people and the natural world. Celebrating the ephemeral qualities of spaces, her work intertwines elements of art, culture, architecture and temporary practices. As a spatial designer, she brings a new perspective to the studio with an artistic background and a deep understanding of the built environment.
Born in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and moving to New Zealand as a toddler, Yule has always had a passion for the outdoors. She has spent many years working in customer service and management and now joins the Xanthe White Design team as Studio Manager. With a love for travel, fashion, beautiful design and of course, gardening, Yule is an integral part of the XWD studio.
Landscape Designer, Wellington
— Bachelor of Spatial Design
— Certificate of Landscape Design
Sammy grew up in rural Aotearoa both in the North and South Islands forming a deep connection and curiosity for landscape and the relationship between people and place. Sammy has a passion for creating meaningful spaces through plant ecologies. She weaves her joy for life’s simple pleasures and her connection with the natural environment into her work. Drawing on her spatial design studies Sammy is interested in spaces where boundaries are tested, exploring what it means when peripheries interact and collide. Sammy also brings her experience as a gardener to the role.
— Bachelor of Spatial Design
— Master of Design [First Class Honours]
Born in Korea, Tae spent most of his childhood in the Netherlands and Latvia finally making his way to Aotearoa study and now live. His affection and perspective for nature comes from multiple cultures and has helped create his diverse aesthetics.
Tae is fascinated by the in-between spaces that resides between dwellings and nature. He believes our approach to nature is better with the help of well thought-out structures that bridge us to it.
Coming from architectural and spatial design background, Tae brings a unique design language on form and structure that complements the plant ecology of Aotearoa.
— Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
— Post Graduate Diploma of Science
— Bachelor of Arts [First Class Honours]
Tom designs landscapes that value native biodiversity, and that make space for wilderness. His sensibilities are informed by a love of minimalist and organic design, and a background in ecology and environmental science.
Tom's interests are broad, spanning gardens to ecosystems. He is especially drawn to water sensitive design, topographical interventions, advocating for shared green spaces, play, and the integration of conservation goals with commercial and public development.
Landscape Designer, Wellington
— Bachelor of Spatial Design [Honours]
— Masters of Landscape Architecture (2021-ongoing)
As a South Coast local - Joe has recently returned home after working for an award winning firm in New York with enthusiasm and excitement to be engaging with the regional plants and ecosystems he grew up around. Studying Spatial design from Massey University Joe found his way into landscape design through a love of both the native birds of New Zealand and the field of design. Landscape design was an exciting opportunity to design for both the human and non-human. Currently studying a masters in Landscape architecture Joe hopes to develop his skills in plantmanship alongside his studies through designing robust and ecologically sympathetic garden landscapes.
Originally from across the ditch, Shaun has spent the majority of his life in Tāmaki Makaurau which he now considers home. Discovering a passion for design from a young age, Shaun began his career as a graphic designer. Later realising he was craving a connection beyond a screen and into the physical environment he began work as a landscaping contractor, implementing many Xanthe White Designs during that time. In a decision to create more impactful societal change and draw on his previous design experience Shaun is retraining as a Landscape Architect and is in his final year of study at Unitec.