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Steal This Look: Botanical Art in the Workspace


Steal This Look: Botanical Art in the Workspace

February 24, 2016

If you live in a climate with an honest-to-God winter, this month you will not see one green leaf anywhere—except perhaps indoors. We admire the way stylist Alaina Banks transformed a workspace into a year-round garden with a table from UK-based designers Feist Forest and botanical art. Here are the elements you need to recreate the look:


Above: Photograph by Rachel Whiting via Feist Forest.

We recently featured the Feist Forest Samara Table on Remodelista, where Julie noted that it is “made from homegrown British ash sourced from Sutton Timber and available in standard and custom sizes.” As shown, the Samara Work Table is £650.


Above: A Rare Book Print of Wheat (Triticum vulgare) measuring 13 by 19 inches is $40 from Missouri Botanical Garden Press. It depicts an illustration from Franz Eugen Kohler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen, a three-volume medicinal plant guide published in 1887.

A word about botanical prints: reprints and originals alike abound on Etsy, and on eBay. You can pay a few dollars for a reproduction, or find originals at specialty shops such as Spokane, Washington-based Panteek Antique Prints, where an original 17th Century Antique Print of botanist Basilius Besler’s depiction of Viola flammea major violaceo mixta is $1,450 (marked down from $2,150).


Above: Add another botanical note to your desktop, with a tiny succulent that doesn’t take up much real estate. The Ezra in a 2.75-inch stoneware pot is $38 from The Sill.


Above: The Windsor chair shown above has clean, modern lines along the lines of architect Ove Boldt’s midcentury Danish Modern Windsor Chair. For a similar chair, consider designer Matthew Hilton’s Kimble Windsor Chair; $1,595 from Urban Space Interiors.

For more favorites, see 10 Easy Pieces: The Windsor Chair Revisited on Remodelista.


Above: UK-based Kirsten Hecktermann’s hand-dyed velvet cushions are available in a range of colors and sizes; an 18-by-18-inch Miss Sanguine is £65 (about $91.87 US).


Above: A Ranarp Clamp Spotlight from Ikea has a powder coated steel shade and a steel mounting bracket and  is $19.99.

For more of our favorites, see 10 Easy Pieces: The Clip-On Light on Remodelista.


Above: A metal Grey Round Basket from Fog Linen is available in three sizes; the large size is $75 NZ at Father Rabbit.


Above: File this one under ephemera. Botanical Notecards (with real fronds glued to rag paper with botany past) are $12 for a set of four from Glasshouse Collection via Etsy.


Above: A White Pegboard designed for wooden dowels is from £25 to £65 depending on size from Block Design.


Above: A pack of 10 Wooden Pegboard Pegs is £10 from Block Design.

For more of our favorite ways to put botanical art to work, see Steal This Look: A Botanically Inspired Workspace.

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