Architecture of the Botanical

Ten years ago, if I had asked myself, “How would you experience the botanical in New York City?”at the end of a grueling winter, I would have gone to the two hinge-pins of American landscape: either Fredrick Olmstead’s Prospect Park or his temple of botanical experience, Central Park. Lately, I have been exploring the edges…

archive: Building Botanical

This afternoon I found myself re-reading the wonderful New Yorker article about the Voynich Manuscript. A mysterious entity whose imaginary biological offerings and un-readable text has baffled many 15th century historians. It made me wonder, was the natural world the iPhone of the 15th century, did it dazzle and transfix? Originally published September 24, 2013

archive: Flora Building

On a very decent blog Interior Monologue, I recently found this inspiring article about wallpaper designer and printer Marthe Artmitage. Her practice did not get into full swing until her family was grown and at 83 she is on the top tier list of “must haves” for decorators everywhere. I was reminded of my grandmother’s…

archive: Nature Building

The breakout image for the Dutch Design Week is this chair by Eric Klarenbeek, a young dutch innovator.  A 3-D printed object whose material composition is a mixture of water, powdered straw and mycelium, a fungus whose structure is a threadlike medium. The blooming mushrooms “as decoration” are just beautiful. The idea and followthrough are the…

archive: Floor Building

I am looking at the work of Italian product designer Antonio Arico. How this lovely carpet accommodates growth is inspiring.  This is the youthful conclusion from the critique I am reading, Ultrasuede by George Wagner, where Wagner credits Saarinen as master of the floor/furniture evolution and then this 70 years later – where plants are housed in…