NYCxDesign: Functional, beautiful, and Web-connected habitats to keep both plants and humans happy

It was at the 2014 edition of NYCxDesign that we noticed a fair number of exhibitors feature or incorporate potted plants into their displays. A year later, a new cast of leafy inhabitants made design venues around NYC their temporary home. For 2015, designers created a range of vessels that display a single flower to a fully mature cactus.

What's behind the interest from designers in featuring habitats for flowers and houseplants in a show extensively about furnishings for humans? Turns out house plants are really good for us. A number of studies have shown that having plants around can boost concentration and memory, accelerate the healing process and generally improve our quality of life. This paper from the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture offers a good overview of the benefits.

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