Anyhoo, it seems that "natural pools" – think swimming holes half-filled with plants – are all the rage in Europe, a trend ushered in by Dutch designer Henk Weijers. "The basic rectangular pool, clear and chlorinated to death, is boring and sterile," says our friend Tom Mannion, the designer pictured here. Americans, being the cleanliness freaks that we are, are so afraid of algae and free-floating soil that even this modest gesture to Weijers separates the plant-containing water from the swimmer-containing water, with just two potted plants sitting in the swimming pool. Even that was enough to elicit a no-thanks from the first pool maintenance company that Tom contacted.
So we have a looong way to go but we have a vision. Pools don’t have to be "big barren things in the middle of the back yard." They can be filled with people and water and plants and maybe even fish all moving and breathing together in an Edenic reenactment. Ooh, that’s sexy.