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This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

 

 

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Jun092014

WEB EXTRA: SHOWROOM: Work in Progress

LivePicture from SuitePlants offers an easy, new alternative to traditional green wall systems. Image courtesy SuitePlants.Corporate art can have the feel of something found at a painting exhibition at an airport Holiday Inn. It’s bland and so inoffensive. As workplace culture evolves (and not just in creative fields), something is happening. Boring sameness is being replaced—thankfully—in favor of choices that delight and inspire. At the same time, as a trend report ahead of NeoCon points out, health and wellness continue to be priorities when it comes to designing new office spaces, extending beyond circadian lighting and standing desks to biophilic design elements such as live walls and other touches that bring the outside in.

Suite Plants, a Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York–based company, stands at the intersection of these threads. You see the company recently launched LivePicture, a framed wall planter that brings living growing things into the workplace in a much chicer way than a sad-looking fern stashed in a corner.

Unlike other green wall systems, which can be messy and expensive, LivePicture is self-contained—it can hang on any wall, doesn’t require electricity or plumbing to work and only needs to be watered once a month. You get a powder-coated steel frame in white, silver or charcoal that literally frames plants, creating a three-dimensional, living artwork.

It comes in wittily monikered models: the Van Grow and the RemPlant. The square Van Grow is 28.5 by 28.5 inches and holds nine four-inch plants; the rectangular RemPlant is 44.3 by 28.5 inches and holds 18 four-inch plants. A plant selection guide on the company’s Web site guides you through plant selection, and if you don’t want to plant or water them yourself, the company helpfully maintains of list of professionals who will do it for you.

For maximum impact, you can group the frames, creating an eye-catching accent wall. Later this year look for an even larger-scale living wall system as well as a freestanding unit.

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