Upper West Side Tea House
Inspired by the quiet atmosphere of Japanese temples, we designed this cedar teahouse as a retreat for the owners to enjoy the company of others while in the garden. The teahouse has a cabinet storage for a kettle and cups, and opens on to a dry rock garden which can be raked and patterned. Ferns, flowering azaleas, and dwarf lily turf create a lush forest-floor planting, while a sculpted Japanese maple anchors the planting bed and marks the entrance to a stone pathway that leads to the tea house sliding door entrance. Our goal was to create a space that encourages creativity while contemplating the changing seasons. Future programming includes use as meditation, calligraphy, and yoga room.
Ermenegildo Zegna Global Store
For Ermenegildo Zegna's Global Flagship opening, we were tasked to reimagine the Italian Alp landscape of Oasi Zegna where the company was founded in 1910. The project was comprised of large forest-style bonsais that captured hundreds of years moss-laden willowy trees and various arrangements of mountain alp landscapes displayed throughout the store.
The Grill at Seagram Building
Adorned with priceless artworks by artists such as Keith Haring, the private dining room at The Grill located in the iconic Seagram Building only needed an understated nod to the outdoors. We created 'bonsai islands' as center pieces with pines, cotoneasters and cypress trees native to mountainous regions.
Ace Hotel New York
For Ace Hotel's Earth Day programming, we were tapped to create an interactive installation befitting its voluminous industrial style lobby complete with epic columns. We commissioned one-of-a-kind vessels from NYC ceramicists Jonathan Castro and Kathryn Robinson-Millen as a sculptural home for 3 of our special bonsai muses. To highlight the special trees, we constructed copper frames for each bonsai attached to high powered grow lights. The final touch was to give voice for each of the special trees with the help of opera singer Cassandra Douglas.
Watch the video performance here
East Village Rooftop
This open rooftop terrace was designed to accommodate summer gatherings dinner parties. A storage bench next to the dining table allows a place for cushions and tablecloths, while keeping the center area free for extra seating or standing guests. The plantings include visual screening for privacy on the lower dining terrace, and wild grasses and sun loving blooming perennials on the upper terrace. The clients love having a place to enjoy good weather, so we created a lounge area with turf to encourage sitting on the ground for intimacy. The garden is both a low-water and pollinator attracting garden, to help attract butterflies and local beneficial insects.