Greens

Unicorn Tapestry

The Unicorn in Captivity  (from The Unicorn Tapestries) - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Cloisters

The Unicorn in Captivity (from The Unicorn Tapestries) - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Cloisters

I recently visited the Cloisters in New York City for the first time and was overwhelmed by The Unicorn Tapestries (as is everyone else because that is why people go).  

But because I'm me, I became fixated on the plants.  There must be wallpaper inspired by this.  Has anyone found it (not counting the wallpaper with repeating unicorns)?

unicorn_calendula_detail_450.jpg

Each flowering plant is an individual sprig, different from its neighbor.  The plants are stacked with minimal depth. Although this was made in 1500-ish, I am confident that a wallpaper interpretation would be timeless.  

In my dreams I would have a powder room covered with the stuff so you walked in and were accosted with it.  

The Romance Continues: Fiddle Leaf Fig

A year ago I wrote about my love affair with fiddle leaf fig plants.   My passion has cooled a bit because you can't throw a decorative coaster with out hitting one now a days.    

Inside Amy Schumer - Season 1, Episode 8

Inside Amy Schumer - Season 1, Episode 8

Dexter - Season 8, Episode 5 - The home of a super rich, possible murderer.  

Dexter - Season 8, Episode 5 - The home of a super rich, possible murderer.  

American Horror Story: Coven - Spooky greenhouse/potion lab

American Horror Story: Coven - Spooky greenhouse/potion lab

Trophy Wife - Living room of a successful lawyer that has to pay a lot of child/spousal support 

Trophy Wife - Living room of a successful lawyer that has to pay a lot of child/spousal support 

Modern Family - Jay Pritchett's 90's contemporary home

Modern Family - Jay Pritchett's 90's contemporary home

The League - Pete's Chicago apartment

The League - Pete's Chicago apartment

The Millers: Season 1 - Hippy Therapist's Office

The Millers: Season 1 - Hippy Therapist's Office

Dads: Season 1 - Suberban family home

Dads: Season 1 - Suberban family home

The League: Season 5 - Aziz Ansari's plastic surgery office

The League: Season 5 - Aziz Ansari's plastic surgery office

House of Lies: Season 3 - Marty Khan's balcony

House of Lies: Season 3 - Marty Khan's balcony

Extant: Season 1, Episode 2

Extant: Season 1, Episode 2

Those plants need more shade

Dads: Season 1 - Video gaming office that could only exist in a sitcom universe.

Dads: Season 1 - Video gaming office that could only exist in a sitcom universe.

This still taken from Dads is a perfect illustration of something "dressed to camera".  This means that from the camera's perspective, everything looks good.  There are no empty boring spaces.

Now look closer.  See the two potted plants on the floor?  In what universe would an office have potted plants sitting on the floor under peoples desks?  

Buildings & Trees

IMAG0030.jpg

Across from the Hilton Vienna (where I live) there is a buildings with a long concrete cantilevered roof and tree growing through it.  There is a good chance the building is part of the design college complex that is in the area.   

Clearly this was a design choice, and I like it.  It feels good to be in a space that tips it's hat to nature--be it a mighty ol' oak or something planted after the construction.  There is something about seeing a tree, that is as an obvious tare-down, be spared.  

KENNETH M. WYNER PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.   

KENNETH M. WYNER PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.

 
Mexico

Mexico

Tokyo,  OnDesign

Tokyo, OnDesign

dental office designed by Hironaka Ogawa in Gunma, Japan

dental office designed by Hironaka Ogawa in Gunma, Japan

But then again, there is nothing like building around something majestic:

Japanese architectural firm Tezuka Architects

Japanese architectural firm Tezuka Architects

Built as an additional space for Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

Built as an additional space for Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

Figueira Rubaiyat ,   Rua Haddock Lobo 1738  ,   Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo  ,   Brazil

Figueira RubaiyatRua Haddock Lobo 1738Sao Paulo, State of Sao PauloBrazil

1611.jpg

And then there is this... 

Love affair with a Fiddle Leaf Fig

2f72dc9f-4583-42fb-851e-ae9621807f4a_400.jpg

I have been coveting Fiddle Leaf Figs since I read about them a year and a half ago on Emily Henderson's blog.  I have just the planter, and just the spot, but I have been doing long stints outside of the country, so it never seems like a good time to bring a new plant into my life.     

The reason fiddle leaf figs have run away with my heart is their scale and irregularity.  They have large stiff asymmetrical leaves and can grow in unexpected ways. They are contemporary sculptures, but alive. 

Emily Henderson's old living room

Emily Henderson's old living room

fiddle-leaf-fig-5_rect540.jpg
Jonathan Adler 

Jonathan Adler 

fiddle leaf fig indoor plant dining room art greek key rug.jpg

Fiddle leaf figs (ficus lyrata ) is native to western Africa.  It grows in lowland tropical rain forests.  As a houseplant, it usually stays shorter and fails to flower or fruit.  

It was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. To qualify for this ludicrous award, it must meet the following criteria.  

  • must be available
  • must be of outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use
  • must be of good constitution
  • must not require highly specialist growing conditions or care
  • must not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease
  • must not be subject to an unreasonable degree of reversion.

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Once I learned about fiddle leaf figs, I started seeing them everywhere: in IKEA, in Home Depot, in people's homes, and in television and film sets.

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15