Fans of Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens
, which can be seen around the world on public buildings like Paris' Musée du Quai Branly, are one step closer to having a Blanc-designed wall in their own home thanks to a collaboration with Alexis Tricoire
, who designed the Folies Végétales exhibition featuring Blanc's work at the Espace Electra in Paris last year.
Blanc's work is widely copied, and even in France, you can find cheap imitations of the plant walls by other designers or plastic plant wall knock-offs at the BHV in Paris (which also sports a Blanc-designed exterior wall). A Blanc-Tricoire prototype for a free-standing vegetal "wall" was shown at this year's Milan furniture fair.
The Green Screen is a rust-colored lacquered metal structure with integrated irrigation and lighting systems that can be set up indoors or outside. Units are designed to work on their own or to be joined together to form a seamless wall that mimics Blanc's work, without his design fee.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com