Botanik artikel til Enfants Terribles Magazine

Date: 22/05/2015 Category: ,

En artikel til Enfants Terribles Magazine om at bo med planter og interview med danske plante-piger.

I absolutely love to have plants in my home. I’ll have to have green plants in every room, and the more the merrier. This habit has made it diffecult for me to stop collecting, buying and swapping plants and flowers for the house, and for my garden.
But when we think about it, then it’s not really a bad habit to have. Plants makes life brighter and lighter, by cleaning our air, being a decorativ element and sometimes being a spice or ingrediens for great meals.

But eventhough I am a big fan of plants, I am no expert, and I still have much to learn about plants and how to maximize the use of plants in our home.  That’s why I besides having photographed a few green spots in my home for this article, also has spoken with some ” Danish plant people” who I think has something exciting to offer when talking about plants, and who daily have their fingers in the soil. Maybe you’re just as happy with green plants as I am, or maybe you also want to get started with decorating with plants. In any case, I hope you will find inspiration in this article, so lets get started with one of my favorite topics.

Photo by Nordiske Riger - Stine Albertsen

Photo by Nordiske Riger – Stine Albertsen

Green plants in our home

Photo by Nordiske Riger - Stine Albertsen

Photo by Nordiske Riger – Stine Albertsen

At my workspace in the livingroom, I try to have as much plants as possible. This is where I need to be creative and to focus on article or editing. As a strong believer in the positiv energy and inspiration coming from plants, it is quite natural for me to decorate my space in botanical style. At the moment it is mostly green plants, but the more flowers my garden produce during the spring and summer, the more of them will be used at my workplace. Use summer flowers in a classical manner by putting them in a beautiful vase on the table. Mix flowers with branches and go for your gut feeling when it comes to mixed colors. A bouquet that is not too perfect and not stands straight, is in my opinion the most beautiful of its kind. If you wanna do something different, you can also hang the flowers on the wall with masking tape. This is perfect for creating a mood board, but also when you just want to use flowers in a different way – It is decorative when you are having a party or dinner.

I have a small forest where I sometimes collect plants and small trees. I put them in glass vases so I can follow the development and view the entire plant structure. Most of the time, the trees and plants are placed back in the forest again so they can grow freely.

Photo by Nordiske Riger - Stine Albertsen

Photo by Nordiske Riger – Stine Albertsen

Plants in the kidsroom

Photo by Nordiske Riger - Stine Albertsen

Photo by Nordiske Riger – Stine Albertsen

Veras room is also decorated with plants. If you ask me, the room needs more plants, and they proably will come. Besides the joy of decorating her room with plants so they help to make the air fresh and healthy, I am also so lucky that my daughter has a natural interest in plants and their growth. (Vera and I have made a small avokado farm – more on that in another article) Her interest certainly has a lot to do with living in the countryside, and because she has helped with taking care of our garden and forest, as soon as she could. It is in our opinion important that she knows where the food comes from, and that all plants are good for us, and therefore something we must take care of.

Planteplaneter by Kaja Skytte

Photo by Nordiske Riger - Stine Albertsen

Photo by Nordiske Riger – Stine Albertsen

When I came home with the beautiful Planteplanet from Kaja Skytte, Vera was quick to say that it should be hung in her room. It was not really the plan for it, but as it now hangs there, she was right. Planteplaneter are not just decorative for all of us with love for plants, but also perfect for the kids room due to their imaginative shape and because of the fun way to have plants in the kids room. Vera has more planteplaneter on her wish list. And I totally agree with her.

I was so fascinated by my daughter’s reaction and my own attraction to Planteplaneter that I contacted Kaja Skytte, and asked her for her view on plants and why she created Planteplaneter. When speaking to her, it turned out that there will be exciting news from Kaja, and even new Planteplaneter that I very much look forward to.

Photos from Planteplaneter.dk

Photos from Planteplaneter.dk

Where did you find inspiration for Planteplaneter?

Planteplaneter emerged from an art project around cities and parks that I have made at the Danish Art Workshops. Suddenly many of my friends wanted to buy small Planteplaneter and when Stilleben and Anne Black began selling them, the interest was huge. Since then, I now work full time with Planteplaneter.
The technique comes from Japan and has been called a poor man’s Bonsai tree. My Planteplaneter is a refined. They have been added a nordic look and are a more designed version of the old technique.

What are your thoughts on plants at home – how much and how little?

I’ve always been most interested in outdoor plants. However, I have become very fond of planteplaneter since they are sculptural, easy to maintain and very fine in different spatial contexts. I am an educated architect and it is important for me to have the spatial aspect in mind when using Planteplaneter. But eventhough I do not think that it is wise to consider plants too much, but instead of simply trying things and seeing how it works.
Many think a lot about where to hang their plants. I hang my differently and move them around. If you get tired of one you can always just change it and moved it somehere else in the house. It’s great when the use of plants are flexible.

How do you make best use of plants in the home – Edible plants / space saving etc?

Planteplaneter starting from a spatial experimental and an artistic point of view. I work with them as art installations.

However, I think that if you talk about saving space and production, then all the thoughts about urban gardens and own production are really good and certainly important to work with.
Right now I’m working on a project with edible planteplaneter for hanging over the dinner table with spices which spread all the fine fragrances. It is a more event-based and a sensory experience in relation to food.

Which plant you are most captivated by at the moment?

Every time I make new Planeplaneter I get a new favorite. They are so fine in their own way and some of them look really funny.
I do not have a favorite plant but I love nature. I grew up in the countryside and I often travel to Iceland where there is almost nothing other than nature. It’s wonderful. It’s fun to use naturally materials and plants in artistic contexts in the cities and to use them as art installations. But nature is also really nice as it is.

Do you want to learn more about Kaja Skyttte and Planteplaneter, you can read more here.

A talk with Liv and Louise from the Danish journal Blad

Photo from blad-journal.dk

Photo from blad-journal.dk

Some other Danish “plant-people” with a taste for plants and greens are the two girls who started up the Danish journal Blad. It was through Blad that I were made aware of Planteplaneter. They have started an exciting concept, and although their journal only is in Danish, there is still much inspriation to retrieve from them. Just listen here what they have to say about the use of plants in the home, and why they started working with Blad.

Why did you start the journal?

We believe that there was missing a journal in the Danish market that treated plants in a fun, unpretentious and aesthetic way. In addition, the majority of the plant magazines in the Danish market primarily are targeted house and garden owners, but what about urban citizens who lives in small apartments without garden?

We strive to make Blad more timeless than the usual magazines. The journal Blad you buy today should be just as interesting in a year. There are so many interesting stories to tell about plants and their owners. Those stories we want to convey in the journal. In this way we hope to spread plant joy in urban citizens.

What are your thoughts on plants at home – best use of plants, and what to consider when buying plants for the home?

Before you buy a plant it is important that you ask yourself how much energy and time you can spend on the plant. In addition, it is also about what kind of home you have. Do you live in a very dark apartment with small windows or a bright penthouse apartment? Do you love the usefulness of plants it is of course optimal to choose from that. For example, herbs, aloe vera, etc. But if you want some more decorative plants, it is advantageous to invest in a small tree or palm. It’s also a good idea to hang plants from the ceiling if you live in a small apartment.

Which plants are you currently most fascinated by?

Louise: I’m not really fascinated by a particular plant. There are indeed so many great plants! On the other hand, I am currently quite taken by cuttings. Right now, I work with a lot of different – Everything from a stevia plant to an avocado tree and a spider plant imported from England. It’s cool because they grow so fast and at this time of year you will quickly see the development. Generally, I’m more a fan of growing plants at home, and swapping with others than to buy them from retailers. For me, the story behind the plant is just as important as the plant itself.

Liv: I am currently totally obsessed with giant plants. I have a begonia that I tied up, and in the last few years it has grown completely unbelievable high and is wildly beautiful. I also just bought me a really big Agave, which is quite graphic in its expression. When you live in a small apartment it of course has its limits on how many plants you can actually afford to come home with. But the plants give a lot of life and good contrast in the room.

To learn more about Blad, you can find them here ( in Danish)

This was my green corner for today. I hope you found some inspiration and that you want to bring nature into your home by decorating with plants and flowers. Remember you can always use #etmagdeco to show us how you decorate, and how you decorate with plants and flowers.

Design from this article

Did you feel inspired by some of the items at my workplace or in Veras room? You will find their websites under each photo.

Vee Speers photo from the serie Thirteen / Planteplanet from Kaja Skytte / Oh Mountain by Wild Nature / Bedsheets by Nofred

Vee Speers photo from the serie Thirteen / Planteplanet from Kaja Skytte / Oh Mountain by Wild Nature / Bedsheets by Nofred

Flowerpot for the wall designed by Vertiplants / Bell+ lamp by Darø / Green candleholder in foamed ceramic by Oh Oak / Candleholder in green marble by New Works / Cup by Mette Duedahl / Stacked ceramic bowls by Kristina Vildersbøll / Notebook by Kartotek / Green paperweight by Nynne Rosenvinge / Pocket Organizer by Normann Copenhagen

Flowerpot for the wall designed by Vertiplants / Bell+ lamp by Darø / Green candleholder in foamed ceramic by Oh Oak / Candleholder in green marble by New Works / Cup by Mette Duedahl / Stacked ceramic bowls by Kristina Vildersbøll / Notebook by Kartotek / Green paperweight by Nynne Rosenvinge / Pocket Organizer by Normann Copenhagen