A mark of an interior landscaper's talent and maturity is the ability to turn an open space into several distinct spaces, or shape an otherwise characterless space into one with a defined personality. Silk plants and trees are important tools in the toolbox, and an established designer knows how to implement them in a commercial setting to both define a space and provide scale.
Interior landscape designers can implement silk plants and trees to define space and shape views
in a variety of interesting and functional ways. The first, most obvious case, is dividing a room. The concept is simple - line up a series of silk palm trees
, for example, to separate one space from another, such as a formal dining area from a casual dining area in a restaurant. Bamboo groves
and silk hedges
are good choices for privacy screens when a space should be completely separated.
Silk plants and trees are instrumental in helping a commercial architect or interior landscaper shape views in a variety of commercial settings. In this article we explore how silk trees competently and artfully frame and terminate views.
Commercial spaces are often large expanses with plazas and other open areas. From many points of view, these open areas can lack a visual center. Using silk trees as strategic framing devices can help focus the eye on an appealing area of a building, retail store, fountain, or other feature.
In order to determine a view to frame, find the areas in a commercial space that seem unfocused. Next, employ a framing aid. Use your hands like a movie director to conceptualize the view, or place your hands to the sides of your face to block your peripheral vision. Better yet, use a piece of paper with a rectangular center cut out and hold it at arm's length. If during this exercise you find interesting, perhaps abstract, architectural features that you wouldn't have noticed otherwise, you've got a winner.
Privacy, noise, and design aesthetics are proven to influence workplace productivity. Silk plants
, with their versatility and low maintenance, allow designers to shape office spaces to meet the needs of workers in a variety of industries and environments.
In an open office sound can echo, bounce off walls and create a distracting environment. Silk plants absorb sound waves, making private spaces more private and allowing for heightened concentration. While this may not be desirable for a sales office where phone calls and high energy are required to stimulate productivity, it makes sense for creative or research focused environments where quiet is essential for getting work done.
Many of today's cubicle arranged offices lack inspiration, unless that inspiration came from saving as much money as possible on office furniture and decor. The result is often a sterile atmosphere lacking character, one that can negatively affect workplace creativity and productivity.
Five people in Frederick, Maryland were rescued from an apartment fire that was ignited in a silk plant on the top floor. The silk plant caught fire from a nearby lit candle, and the flames spread to the resident's couch then quickly blazed throughout the apartment. The fire was contained to the one apartment, but spread into the roof, causing other apartments to have smoke and water damage; overall damage to the building, including the contents of the building estimate around $150,000. Two people rescued were on outdoor balconies and three other people were assisted down the complex stairs.