Florama is a picture made with live plants that has a built-in irrigation system. It was created by Florabo studio, which was formed by a designer and landscape architect - Halina Kamińska and a sculptor - Edyta Makaruk.
The plants are placed in a frame, which in the basic version of Florama is entirely made of white, thermally moulded material. Part of the materials used for its production comes from recycling. Within the frame (94 x 74 x 13 cm) up to 12 plant containers can be inserted. These can be ornamental plants as well as herbs.
On request, Florabo studio can produce an exclusive version of Florama made of wood, resin and Corian. Depending on the material used, it may have a different colour and size.
The artists emphasize that the beneficial effects of having such a picture installed at home or in the office are not merely aesthetic - there are health benefits too. Plants produce oxygen and absorb harmful chemicals used in adhesives, wallpapers and fabrics. Besides, plants improve the level of air humidity, and can fight bacteria, viruses and fungal spores. What's more, greenery has a soothing effect on our eyes and mind, and people surrounded by plants fall ill less often.
The concept of the "green wall" originated with botanist Patrick Blanc, who studied tropical plants growing on vertical surfaces such as rocks. While affixed by the roots to rocky ground, they acquire life-giving nutrients from water and not from soil. Florama is based on the same system. Plants are placed in nonwoven pots that absorb water flowing down the back of the frame and transmit it to the root systems of plants.
The development of large cities necessitates the creation of 'urban plantations' – alternative gardens and ecosystems. Facing the “urban concrete”, the lack of space and the degradation of the environment, we feel helpless and frustrated. Let's start changing that. Let vegetation take an active part in our everyday life, let it soothe our senses and stimulate us to take action "- wrote the designers on their website.
Author: Katarzyna Zacharska, May 2014, trans. GS,13.06.2014