How To Use Nature-Inspired Design In Offices

Nature Inspired Design

Biophilia, a term that originated with German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, is the idea that humans possess the innate tendency to seek connections with nature. It comes as no surprise that many cubicle-confined office workers yearn for a return to all things natural. Particulate levels (including airborne spores) in the air can be reduced by as much as 20% in some instances with the introduction of indoor plants into an office setting.

Natural materials are typically in short supply in most offices. Plastic chairs, metal desks, metal cabinets, allergen-loaded carpets add no health benefit whatsoever to the place where people spend the majority of their waking lives.  A healthy dose of greenery in the office can help alleviate symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and studies have shown that plants have helped increase employee productivity. Natural sensory stimulation, through plants in the office, is the ideal way to improve the health and wealth of employees and clients alike. Read More »

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Video: Plants Perfect for the Workplace

As displayed in the television interview above, our very own JOanne Craft is a plant expert will an eye for interior design. View examples of JO’s plant design projects by visiting her online portfolio. Read More »

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Plant Profile: Metallica Palm


Chamaedorea metallica (common name: Metallica Palm, also known as Metal Palm and Miniature Fishtail Palm) is a tough, slow-growing, resilient palm, tolerant of relatively low-light. It makes a good houseplant and used commonly in commercial settings. Metallica Palm are grown outdoors in USDA zones 9-12. Its mature height is five feet tall.

Metallica palm is native to shady understory forest beds of Mexico, which helps make it tolerant of low-light. Due to its low-light adaptations, Metallica palm is best kept out of direct sunlight. The stiff, undivided leaves are borne on a single-stem trunk and are dark blue-green with a metallic sheen with a ‘fish-tail’ shape.  Large, dark-green leaves are a common trait of low-light plants including Spathiphyllum, Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant), and Janet Craig Dracaena.

Metallica palms occasionally flower, producing attractive red, purple, or orange flowers, eventually giving way to small black fruits which are non-edible. Read More »

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Video: October Gardening Tips

When the weather gets cold you can always ply your green thumb indoors! Review the Ambius plant catalog to find a low light, medium light or high light plant species to your liking. Read More »

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The Ultimate Guide To Holiday Decorations

The holidays are a wonderful time of year; over-indulging, visiting family & friends and taking a break from the stresses and toils of everyday life. Whether you’re at home or at work, the decorations are an incredibly important part of the holiday season.

We created this Ultimate Guide to Holiday Decorations to show you how to boost your business or adorn your home, so that you are ready to welcome everyone for the holidays.

Why Have Holiday Decorations? Needless to say that the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without them – decorations are a big deal for both homes and businesses alike. Decorating the tree and turning on the lights is a family event that can really make the holidays feel festive and businesses don’t want to be left out. Read More »

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