Koreatown, Los Angeles
When the interior designer for The Pearl Apartments approached us for a living wall in their lobby we were thrilled. Integrating the projects logo into our piece was a fun challenge and the project stands as a memorable and welcome component of each prospective and current resident's entry to the project. We love engaging people's imagination with our unexpected design work utilizing Tillandsia or air plants and this project was no exception. The unique foliage colors, textures, and forms invite guests to pause and reflect, inspired by nature to enjoy a moment of piece in the midst of a the busy urban environment.
Hierarchy of Sizes
For each planting design we try to play with different styles. For this project we united the spaces with swathes of spanish moss and moved from larger and more coarsely textures leaves at the perimeter to smaller and more fine textured leaves in the middle. This created an interesting effect of depth and coincided with the clearance requirements of the logo floating in front. While the look will change and evolve over time we were excited to experiment with some new planting design techniques. Each piece is like a new painting where we can let a combination of our whimsy, design aesthetic, and project specific elements guide the final design.
For this project the large plant species used at the edges were Tillandsia stricta 'green', aeranthos, and juncea while smaller and finer leaf textures of usinoides, floridiana x, capitata maroon mini clumps, fucshii, houston and others were used. We love mixing it up while still keeping a coherent theme to these pieces of living art. The feeling of painting with plants is always fun and Tillandsia are the perfect palette to draw from!