Architects and designers are exploring the application and versatility of artificial mats to create memorable environments through the use of topiaries, hedges, privacy screens and stylish green walls. Our artificial mat products are available in a variety of textures and colors ranging from Boxwood, Azalea, Ivy, Juniper to Grass, and are designed for flat or contoured ceilings and walls, for both interior or exterior applications.
Packaged as a modular 12” x 12” tiles, our artificial mats are innovative products when considering that, for all intents and purposes, it is “plant wallpaper.” It is flexible enough for curved surfaces and can be cut to fit almost any space. To date it has been used on walls and ceilings and facades of many bars and restaurants. It has been tiled to serve as privacy hedges, has been shaped into hotel pool cabanas, has dressed up large commercial heating and air conditioner units, and more.
Our outdoor artificial mats come standard with UV resistance tested to have no color loss equivalent to a year’s worth of sun exposure, and is optionally manufactured with Commercial Silk Int’l signature Inherently Fire Retardant (IFR) foliage to pass muster with national and international fire codes. Our artificial mat products require no pruning, watering, fertilization or pest-control, so whether the application is for interior or exterior purposes, our artificial mat products are a versatile option for architects and designers alike.
You know you work for an decorative boxwood producer when you notice the background of a premiere party photo shoot before the, shall we say, somewhat hard to ignore figure standing in front of it.
That’s right, the backdrop material behind Paris Hilton for the premier party of “The World According to Paris” is none other than (drum role please): artificial boxwood! [more]
Clearly, a star is born.
All glitz and glamour aside, decorative artificial boxwood has been toiling on the interior and exterior landscaping scenes for a while now, waiting for a big break. It is often used unceremoniously as artificial boxwood mats, or tiled sections that can be easily assembled for almost any occasion. It has been made into durable boxwood topiary plants and trees, as fake hedges, and for sprucing up conference event bars.
Lately, decorative boxwood seems to have found its stride, taking small jobs and parlaying them into bigger, more dramatic roles: lifelike boxwood animals, trendy restaurant walls, large scale casinos, and now the red carpet.
The unenlightened may say that Paris Hilton is responsible for all the attention being heaped on decorative boxwood, but those in the silk plant and tree industry know different. With its U/V protected, fire retardant, and luminous green foliage, boxwood will prove to be a survivor, gracing the biggest stages in a long and successful career.
This edition of Silk Plants and Trees In The News brings us a few oddball stories from around the country and confirms that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
A reminder that you probably haven’t seen it all comes courtesy of artist Justin Shull. Something in his artist brain told him to construct a mobile shrub rover made of silk plants. The rover, which appears from the video to be able to handle both normal streets and off-road conditions, has a side hatch door revealing a box shaped compartment with enough room to fit a lone driver. No windows, no problem. The roving shrub is also outfitted with cameras and small LCD screens inside for navigation.
[more]Several sparrows have made themselves at home in the McNamara terminal of the Detroit airport. Though the airport authorities have tried to banish the sparrows with "scary" automated bird calls, the sparrows have found the terminal artificial trees too comfortable to leave. Many other techniques like traps, nets, and even birth control have failed to control or disperse the birds, leaving authorities playing the role of Wile E. Coyote. For their next effort, perhaps airport authorities should employ a mobile shrub rover to capture their winged nemeses.
Recently featured in Hospitality Design Magazine is San Diego's wine parlor, Vine De Syrah. The magazine's article, Fantastic Voyage, illustrates how our artificial Boxwood mat became empirical to the design of the secret underground lounge, a design that Michael Soriano delightfully created with complete freedom.
The street level entrance adroit with graffiti demands an instant reaction, and the downward staircase leads patrons past a heat blasting condenser to the underground entrance, disguised with artificial Boxwood panels cladding the door. Soriano wanted to "...play into the whole psychological sense of going into a subterranean environment", and in fact he does while delighting and intensifying all senses. Once patrons figure out how to enter the wine lounge, they can step inside to this welcoming and comfortable childlike mirage, where more Boxwood panels suit up the walls and oversized decor furnishes the semi private lounges. An opulence of mirrors both overhead and on the walls create an illusiveness to the lounge, while feeling comfortably connected inside.
Artificial Boxwood by Commercial Silk has been used in commercial projects around the globe as bushes and to shape topiary plants; it has been formed into fakes hedges and ceiling screens, both indoors and out. Boxwood is a very popular silk plant for many applications and topiary forms in artificial landscapes both indoors and out. Now our Boxwood mat covers underground walls. The creativity behind the minds of this design, is the best performance of our Boxwood screen we have seen yet!
Domino Magazine recently featured a homeowner who used artificial Boxwood to create a hedge and provide a visual screen from an unsightly chain-link fence. The plastic Boxwood hedges were installed in decorative planter boxes that were staged alongside the fence. In addition to using fake Boxwood, the homeowner used live plants in the display in order to create the illusion that the hedge was real. The use of artificial Boxwood was a creative and affordable solution that created an intimate outdoor entertaining space for the homeowner and guests.
Visit our products page to learn more about our outdoor artificial Boxwood hedge and other outdoor artificial plants.