Our most frequently asked question is, “What is the difference between a living wall and a moss wall?” Before we dig into the answer, let's get one thing straight-- the differences between living and moss walls do not make one superior to the other. Both types of plant walls have unique characteristics and dance to the beat of their own drum... and boy, the rhythm is right!
It's no secret, we are plant fanatics. Inside our studio we have cared for tens of thousands of plants and carefully placed them on dozens of living walls. We hunt for the best products and hold our systems close to our chest. But if there is one thing we cannot hide, it is natures purest right to be publicly accessible and freely enjoyed! Many of our living and moss walls are created for limited use at an event, trade show or as art in a private home. So when we get the chance to execute a project that is accessible to the public, we go BIG for the people in that community.
Here is a guide to our most accessible living and moss walls, designed and installed as our big 'ole green high-five to everyone passing by.
Less than a week ago, Apartment Therapy launched a new Instagram account @iplanteven. Apartment Therapy is a home and decor site, designed to inspire anyone to live a more beautiful and happy life at home. They produce 125 pieces of original content every week, and we are thrilled that they are branching out to shine a light on Regenerative Design.
Perhaps it's something you never think about; you see it every day struggling for life next to a busy street, or peeking through an abandoned building. You probably see it in the park but it doesn't occur to you to bring it home, even though it's one of the easiest remedies to anxiety, depression, or general malaise.
For the "intellectual individual with a creative spirit," a living moss wall brings the calming beauty of nature to any space. Greenery not only can help create a Modern Avant Garde setting, but numerous studies have shown it to reduce anxiety and depression. So, the next time you can't decide on which color or wall paper to use in your home, why not "plant" it instead?
Organic is always at the heart of Clif Bar’s mission and that’s why this year at the Natural Products Expo West. Planted Design helped create a unique and natural exhibition. A striking 360° red moss sign boldly displayed. Clif Bar’s “New” nut-butter filled energy bars while a living fern wall beautifully emphasized their passion for healthy, organic products.
Summer is around the corner and we at Planted Design have been building and installing more live plant walls. And the living wall we built last summer/fall in San Francisco's Mission District has been recently featured in Inhabitat. We're excited to see our living showpiece more grown in and lusher than ever.
Living walls are now a popular interior trend and rightfully so. Our clients love having greenery indoors, but not everyone had the right conditions to grow plants in their space or time/resources to take care of them. We hated saying no to our clients, so we found a comparable alternative to satisfy their green needs-- preserved moss walls!
People started designing with moss thousands of years ago. Japanese Zen Buddhist monks were among the firsts to do so, by using moss in their rock gardens (aka zen gardens). Their zen gardens were not intended to necessarily imitate the actual appearance, but the intimate and profound quality of nature. Zen Buddhist monks admired the cool tranquility of moss, so they cultivated it on stones and walls.
One of Planted Design’s more prominent works has just been featured in Uplift’s latest article on greener cities! Our very own, Amanda Goldberg designed the facade of ‘Be Safehouse’ located in the heart of San Francisco, proving that we can in fact coexist and flourish with plants in a big city.
Living in cities, we are constantly surrounded by concrete, traffic, noise and pollution. This is not the way we’re meant to live. Humans have had an evolutionary bond with plants since the beginning of . The human eye can distinguish between 2,000 shades of green, but only 100 shades of red. Recognizing a plant’s shade of green was important when you were about to eat it or use it for shelter or medicine. This could be why we’re drawn to plants.
What’s better than the gift of clean air? Thanks to her unique skills in green building and regenerative design, Amanda Goldberg of Planted Design has the air quality thing down, so breathe easy. Learn more about her vertical gardens, also available for rent, and innovative ideas that combine beauty with healthier air, inside and out.