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MAY 2018

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"Living Fridge" concept with built-in herb grower. Will the team be future manufacturers, as well, or will a well-known appliance maker license the concept? One can hope! John Novella has been repping Urban Cultivator in four southwestern states since the product launched here four and a half years ago. The premium product has seen "nice year- after-year growth," he says, with "East and West Coast markets" and "markets with new-home construction" being the fastest sellers. SieMatic's URBAN Herb Garden was re- leased in the U.S. market in 2016, notes Marcia Speer, director of retail markets for SieMatic Möbelwerke USA. It is now available in all 60 of the company's global markets. "It appeals most to urban markets that place a priority on space, paired with a desire for more natural warmth to surround them. We found the URBAN collec- tion tends to skew slightly younger than some of our other products, and that has been true with the herb garden as well." The product is not freestanding, but designed to install against cabinets or a wall. "We encourage designers and homeowners to be thoughtful about sunlight; to make sure plants get the right amount to thrive, the herb garden should be placed carefully, [and] the right plants should be chosen for the sunlight in each homeowner's particular kitchen." (Hint: Here's where a plant specialist can be helpful.) Despite the challenges of growing plants indoors, these products have been successful. "We've been very pleased with the response to our herb garden – the reception has been more than we anticipated in the U.S. and Canada. Blog coverage in particular has brought a num- ber of clients to discover SieMatic and approach our designers," Speer observes. Poggenpohl has also built a stainless steel plant holder into its product lines, and a few other new features being introduced are plant-friendly. PLANTS IN KITCHENS Julie Moir Messervy, CEO of landscape archi- tecture and design firm JMMDS in Saxtons River, VT and Home Outside online design service and mobile app, is also the author of New Landscaping Ideas That Work (Taunton Press) and seven earlier plant-related books. While her books, residential services and digital offerings help homeowners have greener thumbs, she also works with archi- tects, builders, interior designers and other industry pros to ensure that plantings work in the indoor and outdoor spaces they're design- ing. For kitchens, she says, "The new craze is vertical, indoor salad gardens with their own light source." "More and more people are interested in growing their own food," Bullene com- ments, "and herbs are a great place to start without giving up too much living space. We recently installed a freestanding herb wall we designed that comes with its own self-con- tained irrigation tanks and LED lighting, so that a particular client could grow food in their low-light kitchen space. We get at least a few inquiries each week on how best to grow edibles indoors." PLANTS IN BATHROOMS Plants are showing up in bathroom projects, too, and bring some definite benefits: "Plants help reduce stress and, as a place of respite, it's great to incorporate plants into bathroom spaces," Bullene recommends. "Bathrooms tend to be humid, so it's a place that certain tropical plants enjoy, and of course the power of fresh air in a bathroom cannot be overstated," the botanic designer adds. "Plants that like moisture in the air are very happy in bathrooms," declares Ive Haugeland, a Sausalito, CA-based landscape architect and owner of Shades of Green Landscape Architecture. Ferns and air plants do well in those spaces, she suggests. "Make sure you have enough natural light. Plants usually look good anywhere, but when inside in pots, we are 100 percent in control of their environment and chance of survival." The planters or pots should also look good with the rest of the design, she notes. There are now quite a few to choose from, including self-watering models that make life easier for clients. "Some people are creating naturalized garden walls, with natural stones, craggy ferns and overhead faucets that mimic waterfalls," designing a feeling of the outdoors into their indoor spaces, observes Messervy. Bullene shares that "living walls are becom- ing a beautiful trend in bathrooms. Because the humidity and heat are generally higher in the bathroom, it's often an optimal space to create lush displays, and their already ample SieMatic's URBAN Herb Garden is a popular add-on to its cabinetry line. A modern planter and plant from Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in the shower complements this contemporary bathroom project. Poggenpohl is incorporating a stainless planter in its cabinet offerings. Photo: Poggenpohl Photo: SieMatic USA Photo: Shades of Green Landscape Architecture and Troon Pacific 44 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 TREND SPOTTING

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