Five ways to get green-washed (in a really good way)
All the flora that’s fit to print: People are always talking about how print is dead, but things must be looking up for the ink and paper world (Style.com just launched a print version, and Vogue‘s sales continue to rise). That, or Wilder Quarterly, a new magazine “for people enthralled by the natural world,” is just a ballsy move. But with photography and layouts as gorgeous as the ones in all the fancy cookbooks I can’t afford, here’s hoping this one’s here to stay.
Terrarium of the future: Biome, designed by Samuel Wilkinson, is described as “a mini garden that works like a Tamagotchi.” Created as a way to encourage smartphone addicts to take time out to care for plants, the water, climate and nutrients released inside the terrarium are controlled through an app on your phone or iPad. LED lights replicate daylight inside the dome, which you can customize with any arrangement you like. And it’ll be available just in time for Christmas.
Flowerbed Hotel: The architects at MVRDV never cease to amaze me. As a follow up to their award-winning Balancing Barn and Vertical Village, the firm just unveiled their proposal for The Flowerbed Hotel, a giant greenhouse on the outskirts of Amsterdam with a flower-covered hotel inside. What’s even better than waking up in a field of flowers with all the comforts of a hotel? Waking up in one beside a theme park devoted to flowers. I swear there’s no hippie flower child inside me, but even I get a little soft at this idea.
Office building crawling with plants: Think of it like a green layer cake. 18 Kowloon East, designed by international practice Aedas, is a brand new, multi-purpose building in China that literally takes landscaping to a new level. No word on how ‘green’ the building itself actually is, but some plants are better than none!
Green-walled store front: Keeping with the theme of plant-covered buildings, the design team behind a new furniture showroom in Sao Paulo covered the exterior with thousands of triangular, aluminum vases, each a home to several young Espada-de-Sao-Jorges, an African plant chosen for its popularity in Brazil and also for its “protective superstition power.” Let’s hope they have a security system just in case the plant voodoo doesn’t pan out.