Allison Armour was born in Paris and raised in New York, where she attended the Parsons School of Design, before coming to London to study at the Architectural Association. It was here that her love of gardens, outdoor sculptures and water began to develop.
Then, in 1999, “I was happily doing up my present house and couldn’t find a water feature I liked for my own garden – so I decided to make one myself.” Since then, she has designed stainless steel fountains, water features, mobiles and sculptures, obelisks, pergolas and even acrylic rowing boats – “a great favourite with children, since they can watch the fish” – and completed large scale corporate commissions across the world.
Her first piece, Aquasphere, was a water filled acrylic globe shimmering in the middle of a water-filled circular dish. ”It had a wonderful way of reflecting the world upside down and scattering rainbows all over the walls of the house. Friends loved it, so I took some photographs and sent them to a magazine.”
At the time, there were little or no water features using acrylic and stainless steel, so Allison’s work was instantly thrown into the limelight, where it has constantly remained.