Why acquire a profound awareness of your oneness with all life and environment only to deny yourself meaningful contact?
Verdant builds quality interpretations of classic gardens and makes daring new leaps into the uncharted territories of art & design.
Verdant’s mission: "To develop novel design re-combinations that engage people in the riches of horticulture, technology and the visual arts" is founded on inquiry-based learning, and is curiously focused on the interstitial.
Over the years we've transformed into an incubator of talented artisans who gracefully oscillate between the domains of architecture, horticulture, and the visual arts.
Flowerbox, located in the East Village, exemplifies our commitment to our philosophy; to skillfully merging the contextual, experiential, functional, structural and vegetal; to achieving the aesthetic, economic and social goals of a project.
Through an inquiry/prototype-based design process, Verdant has evolved into a dynamic team of Makers comprised of builders, designers, and horticulturalists.
We're inspired to reveal the beauty and simplicity of everyday life, to create artifacts that enable one to be in the present, to emphasize the temporal through contact with natural elements.
Our studio culture is shaped by Inquiry-based learning. As we expand our reach, we're developing opportunities to explore avant-garde ideas through both conceptual and installation-scale works.
While there is a rich history of (re)arranging plants for the purpose of producing desirable environments (e.g. garden, zoo, quad) there is little evidence of this art-form evolving at the speed at which technology is advancing and at the rate at which entire generations and societies are being displaced from wilderness, and the wild experiences that make us human.
As we move forward in space, on trajectories which hinge upon collective action, there is an urgency to redefine the agency of design. In a period marked by homogenization of culture and a devastation of wilderness, we see what we do as being much more than creating a sense of satisfaction that comes with bringing nature into the home–it’s an opportunity to challenge assumptions regarding the long-term environmental and social effects of our everyday sensory experiences.
Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life – its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness – conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.
– Susan Sontag