higher life forms


don’t plants have a life all their own? i love how they’re being used to create greener cities and last week in paris there was plenty of green to go around. when something came thru my inbox about the  ‘flower tower, maison végétale’, i couldn’t help but look and got lost in space…


vertical gardens are all the rage in france, maybe where you live too? i hope so and would love to hear about them or yours if you’ve created one.


they’re magical and emit a blissful cool stillness indoors or out.


and it’s great to think that the concrete blocks we build with these days will finally be of use aesthetically. covered up!



of course tradition is tradition and no idea is new…

maison végetale



aix en provence


this is the flower tower video. it’s quite a movement and i hope there’s more to come.


and last but not least, and i’m not sure where this is louis v is, but let’s face it, every little bit helps. nice topiaries, lv!

September 17, 2010. Design, France, Green, Green Walls, Paris, Patrick Blanc.


  1. Carey S. replied:

    love, love, LOVE these plant walls. i’m trying to figure out how to make these walls on the cheap without much building. ha, it shouldn’t be too impossible!


  2. theparisapartment replied:

    hi carey! how about good old fashioned lattice?


  3. themorselblog replied:

    I am blown away by these photos. I recently saw something similar in Scottsdale, AZ…but not like this. Nice post! I normally would say what my favorite is, but I can’t pick one out. Now I just have to figure out how to grow something like this.


  4. theparisapartment replied:

    i’m trying to figure out what to grow too. i do well with air plants. the succulents would be cool!


  5. Lily & Rose replied:

    Such a simple idea, but when they’re put onto such impressive structures in this way it looks absolutely stunning.
    I love the succulents, the different shapes, colour and textures of them all over a large wall would look amazing!
    Thanks for sharing ;)


  6. theparisapartment replied:

    let it grow let it grow let it grow! it’s usually men who want to rip the vines off cause it will ‘destroy’ the building. i love this guy!


  7. mydesignchic replied:

    These photos are unbelievable…wow!!


  8. Splendid Sass replied:

    Absolutely breathtaking, and the succulents at beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Hannah Chan replied:

    I love plant walls. The London flagship of Anthro has an amazing plant wall and although vertical gardens may be commonplace elsewhere, they certainly are not in London so it is nice to see a retailer doing something different. x


  10. BarbG replied:

    What a great post. Love the succulents. These are
    real “window boxes” — beautiful.


  11. francine Gardner replied:

    Fantastic! I am so much into the work of Patrick blanc. i am actually going to send the link to your post to my client. We are designing a living wall for an indoor wall in her new space in new York in a brand new building designed by Jean Nouvel.


  12. Kate replied:

    I love this blog so much. I can’t tell you how great it is that someone goes out into the world and finds ALL THE THINGS THAT INTEREST ME and I don’t have to do anything but click. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


  13. victoria replied:

    These are fantastic. I read recently that in NY roof gardens are booming and that plant covered buildings are definitely the way to go. A great blog. Thanks.


  14. Sandra Finn replied:

    I adore these creative walls. Love the wall inside an office. What a great space to work.


  15. justine Abbitt replied:

    The Louis Vuitton shop is incredible. French design never ceases to amaze me from modern to ancient


  16. Bill Janoff the owner of Scottsdale AZ Real Estate replied:

    wow. It’s good to see that plant wall in our place. I could hope that it would also be in our place. Aside it gives colors and beauty, It could also help our environment. This is good.. I’ll bookmark this.. I have own a real estate.. I would make a house in Scottsdale AZ Real Estate that would fill the wall with plants..


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