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Trade Show Booth Designers Turning to Artificial Plants and Trees

Artificial Plants in Tradeshow Booth Designs

Trade show designers and exhibitors have turned to artificial plants and trees recently, sprucing up (no pun intended) their booths while streamlining logistics. It makes sense: you put countless hours into the design, ship it out, set it up, wear out your shoes and jaw standing and talking for three days, pack it up, and send it off to the next one. You better be efficient, and you better have a design that stands out from your competitors next door. Silk Tree Booth Design

A few benefits of going silk:

- Staying fresh. For booths that move from show to show, live plants are not cost-effective. Silk plants don't wilt or lose their leaves in shipping and only need a little touch up to look good as new.

- Creating themes. Booth designers have used Commercial Silk Int'l silk plants and trees to convey forest themes, such as this Aspen Rocky Mountain booth for guitar company Two Old Hippies, and this Central Park booth for The Ladders.

[more] - Providing scale. Trade show ceilings are too high and it's difficult to properly define and scale an exhibition. Artificial trees create smaller, intimate settings while providing a visceral design impact. Silk Mountain Tree Trade Show Booth Theme

- Packing and shipping. Artificial trees can be easily disassembled, packed, reassembled, and shipped in crates.

- Fire proofing. Because trade shows are held in what is considered assembly occupancies (places where 50 or more people gather), they are required to use fire retardant materials that pass the state fire codes, specificially the NFPA 701 test. All Commercial Silk Int'l foliages pass this test.

Any company with a trade show regiment knows how expensive it can be, from carpet and electricity to hotel rooms and rental cars. Next time you pick up that order form for plants, remember that you can create memorable booth themes and save time and money with the artificial variety.

Government Officials Water Artificial Plants

Carrie Underwood likes to make a splash in her personal and professional life, whether it's dating Coybows star quarterback Tony Romo, or screaming out lyrics on stage. Recently, though, she's taken it to new heights with her concert set design, which featured a virtual fake forest and a rope swing hanging from a giant artificial tree limb.

Silk Plant Maintenance Our beloved US government, known for it's slowness and insatiable appetite for paperwork, put out a bid looking for a company to water its artificial plants. To be fair, the contract did also call for watering live plants. Bidders with a GSA Contract were expected to submit a quote on a very short deadline prior to the end of the department fiscal year, which may have led to the editorial oversight.

[more] Silk Foliage Costumes Ice dancers are known to push the limits of fashion, but many believe that the line was crossed at this year's Olympics. Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, a Russian ice dancing team, chose themed costumes with artificial foliage attached to their arms, legs, skates, and necks. They were universally panned by culture critics around the globe, and were thought to have damaged the image of the sport as a whole. We at Commercial Silk Int'l agree that artificial foliage belongs on trees, not on the ice.

Outdoor Artificial Grass for Business Property

Artificial Grass

In Brockton, MA this week, a judge ordered a car wash owner to remove artificial grass he had installed on his business property, citing the dictionary definition of landscaping in his ruling. The owner had installed it because of how impractical and expensive it was to maintain real grass in his place of business, and is vowing to appeal the decision.

[more]Artificial Palm Trees in Aquatic Center Artificial plants and trees continue to be popular choices for water parks and aquatic centers where live plants are difficult to maintain due to pool chemicals, mistreatment from people, and unnatural moisture levels in the air. Commercial Silk's project at the Southeast Missouri State University Aquatic Center was featured recently, with flattering images of very authentic looking artificial palm trees.

Silkworm Making Artificial Plant Most people know that silk comes from silkworms, but not many people know that artificial plants are often made from silk as well. Looks like all that plant eating by silkworms is, in essence, creating more plants, albeit the artificial variety.

Press Release: Commercial Silk Int'l Creates CAD Drawings of Silk Plants and Artificial Trees for Architects, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

New library of 2D CAD Drawings and 3-Part Product Specifications of silk plants available for free download.

Free CAD Drawings and 3-Part Specs for Artificial Trees

Minneapolis, MN, December 1, 2009 -- www.commercialsilk.com -- Commercial Silk Int'l, a leading manufacturer of silk plants and artificial trees, has created 2D CAD drawings and 3-Part Product Specifications for its extensive catalog of artificial plant products. Building Architects, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects are now able to create entire interior landscaping plans by selecting from Commercial Silk's library of silk plant and tree drawings. The 2D CAD drawings include elevation details and plan views of both the plant and the planter. In addition, each artificial tree and plant has a 3-Part Product Specification. The plant specifications are written according to MasterSpec which was developed by the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and incorporates Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) 3-Part Format, MasterFormat 2004 Edition.

[more]The Benefits of CAD Drawings for Silk Plants and Artificial Trees include:

1) Reduces Cost: In any given construction project whether it be an office building, casino, hotel or restaurant, there are hundreds if not thousands of different materials used in the construction. By having manufacturers that produce product details for computer aided design software, it eliminates construction errors associated with building things the wrong size. This ultimately saves money by eliminating rework costs. In addition to hard costs, silk plant drawings in CAD software improves coordination between designers, manufacturers and contractors which increases efficiency and reduces costs.

2) Improves Efficiency: The design process for all phases of design including interiors, architecture and landscaping is an enormous undertaking. By selecting products and manufacturers that can create product drawings and written specifications can help reduce the design process time. The same efficiencies realized during the design phase are also transferred to build phase.

3) Manages Expectations: When selecting silk plants and artificial trees it often times is done by looking at photographs from a plant catalog. This certainly is a good starting point, however, pictures of plants don't always accurately depict what the finished product looks like in person. This is where digital drawings of the artificial plant can eliminate any potential concerns about the scale and shape of the finished plant.

4) Creates Accountability: The use of CAD drawings for artificial trees creates accountability for both the manufacturer and the contractor. Since most commercial building projects include a master specification document, this document and corresponding drawings serve as a scorecard for evaluating and measuring the manufacturer and the contractors performance.

5) Better Design: The evolution of computer aided design continues to progress at a rapid pace with the development of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and software programs like Autodesk Revit. The ability to create drawings that encompass building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and properties of building components ultimately leads to a better overall design.

About Commercial Silk Int'l
Commercial Silk Int'l is a leading manufacturer of artificial plants and silk trees exclusively for commercial projects. Working closely with architects and designers, our team of project managers, landscape architects and skilled artists created award winning artificial landscapes using authentic, commercial grade silk plants, trees and greenery; for example our artificial Alpine trees are stylized for retail environments. Our line of wholesale artificial plants includes both indoor and outdoor artificial plants as well as large artificial trees and custom silk plants. For more information on Commercial Silk Int'l or to access our library of free silk plant CAD drawings,visit www.commercialsilk.com

Artificial Boxwood Featured in Hospitality Design Magazine

Artificial Boxwood Featured in HDMAG.com

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.

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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!

Boxwood Panels Cover Underground Walls

Apartment Fire Reminds us of the Importance of Fire Retardant Silk Plants

Apartment Fire Involves Artificial Plants

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.

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Non Flame Resistance Artificial Plants Burn and Spread Fires

Today, a great deal of emphasis is placed on safety, including fire protection and silk plant fire regulations. The use of fire retardant silk plants may have prevented this apartment complex fire. Commercial Silk Int’l has collected commercial fire code regulations about the needs of flame retardant foliage. Understanding specific fire code requirements can be challenging and confusing because every state adopts their own fire codes for artificial plants (and in fact so to does every municipality).

Inherently Fire Retardant Artificial Plant Passes Fire Tests

We offer an entire line of commercial grade artificial trees and plants and we are a direct importer of the industry’s most extensive line of proprietary designed IFR™ Foliages (Inherently Fire Retardant). Our fire retardant artificial plants and foliages are ideal for commercial projects including hotels, restaurants, malls, casinos and office buildings. So whether you are an Architect / Designer specifying our product or an end user, we have gathered all the fire retardant information you will need for your project.

Artificial Boxwood Creates Faux Hedge in Domino Magazine

Faux Boxwood Hedge

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.

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Visit our products page to learn more about our outdoor artificial Boxwood hedge and other outdoor artificial plants.

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