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How Benholm Group created a ‘planted paradise’ inside a hotel room

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
How Benholm Group created a ‘planted paradise’ inside a hotel room

‘La Chambre Verte’ is the name of the new biophilic, ‘planted paradise’ that was created inside Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel by Benholm Group. Following presenting an insightful pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE, Adrian Byne, the Group’s Marketing and HR manager, takes us inside…

At Benholm Group, we have pioneered the use of creative planting for interiors for more than 25 years; not only as eye-catching focal points, but also to promote the natural health benefits that being surrounded by plants can bring. We have long understood the value plants can bring to every environment.

Known to us all as ‘‘biophilic design’, the use of plants in providing cleaner air and connecting us with nature, when coupled with natural light, certain colours, acoustics, and fragrances has long been proven to have a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing.

This concept has now been brought to the forefront of luxury hotel design with our collaboration on ‘La Chambre Verte’ – a unique, immersive hotel room experience filled with lush planting and host of other delights. Located within Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, our collaboration alongside other industry experts, including luxury skincare brand La Rue Verte and award-winning DJ Brian D’Souza, combined to create a multi-sensory, luxury bedroom spa experience incorporating biophilic plant design, CBD rituals, meditation and sound therapy.

Echoing the practice of forest-bathing, an ancient Japanese process of relaxation, La Chambre Verte encourages guests to unwind in the green space of their hotel room, while observing nature’s beauty; to feel stress levels reduced happiness increased, and importantly, have a better night’s sleep.

Our experienced design consultants were chosen to bring the room to life with lush greenery, to ensure that all plant species would thrive in the climactic conditions of the room and contribute to guests achieving the perfect night’s sleep.

A sketch of a chaise lounge surrounded by plants

Sketch credit: Benholm Group

As part of the design process, we worked closely with the hotel to ensure that the room felt spacious and light, with plenty of floor space for ease of movement around the room. Overcoming certain challenges was a key part of this process, such as ensuring the room was always fully functional, being careful that plant installations did not damage the expensive wall coverings and furnishings, even down to the maintaining good sightlines to the TV!

Hanging plants in a hotel room

Image credit: Naomi Vance Photography for Kimpton Blythswood Square

Our experienced design consultants carefully identified plants that have been proven to improve air quality effectively and combined these into an attractive jungle-like display that is both pleasing to the eye and creates a healthy, relaxing environment. Many of the plants have a useful information tag attached detailing its attributes in providing cleaner air – guests can even scan a QR code to order the plant for their own home or office.

Lady touching plant in her hotel room

Image credit: Naomi Vance Photography for Kimpton Blythswood Square

Inside the room, trailing Ivy cascades down from a living wall panel above the bed, Monstera leaves and Palm fronds frame every view, and lush clusters of hanging, exotic plants purify the air and boost the immune system. Plus, our specialist maintenance technicians are all part of the scheduled housekeeping inside the room to ensure plants are kept healthy and vibrant.

Man watering plants in hotel room

Image credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

To have the opportunity to work on a project which is designed to highlight the benefits of biophilia for mental as well as physical well-being has been a real joy, and we look forward to helping others in realising the potential of plants in their own spaces.

Why not get in touch and find out how Benholm Group, a Product Watch Pitch Partner at Hotel Designs LIVE, can incorporate our vibrant variety of plants into your interior space? From offices to restaurants to luxury hotel rooms, being surrounded by plants will delight and revitalise.

Main image credit: Naomi Vance Photography for Kimpton Blythswood Square

Leaflike collage of biophilia in design

First impressions: The importance of biophilia in social space

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First impressions: The importance of biophilia in social space

Following presenting an engaging pitch at Hotel Designs LIVE last week, Leaflike’s Brandon Abernethie discusses the importance of biophilia in social spaces to create a lasting and vibrant first impression…

Leaflike collage of biophilia in design

Creating the perfect arrival experience is something Leaflike has been doing in hospitality for more than 20 years.

As specialists, we create a client proposal via a visualisation service, bringing the vision to life.

Working with the likes of SavoyHilton Park LaneLondon EDITIONShangri-La Hotel and The View from the Shard, Leaflike transforms venues and provides a new arrival experience.

Providing a connection to nature goes deeper than aesthetics. By injecting biophilic design into your interiors offers health, environmental and financial rewards in any space, especially at the entrance of a venue, the lobby, reception areas and entrance hall.

These indicators suggest:

  • Higher levels of social connectivity, improved wellbeing and reduced stress.
  • Increased footfall to the venue, enhanced worker productivity and increased spend.
  • Increased biodiversity providing better infiltration and reduction of carbon emissions.

Guests choose to visit and stay in hotels where they can rest and relax. Therefore, biophilia is such a key part of the design to achieve the right environment for guests to spend time, share their experience and ensure they return. Hotels can charge more per night for rooms with biophilia in the room, as well as a room with a view or greenery outside, green walls are used to hide unsightly features.

Its interesting to see how Terrapin’s 14 patterns of biophilic design explores a holistic view or biophilic design and the human connection to the natural environment.

Want to know more? Leaflike, which was a Product Pitch Partner at Hotel Designs LIVE recently, is hosting a webinar on September 9 with Guy Hilton, General Manager at Hilton Waldorf. To find out more, visit the website.

Main image credit: Leaflike

Creating the perfect arrival experience when hospitality reopens

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Creating the perfect arrival experience when hospitality reopens

Leaflike offers combination of sustainable planting options – whether real, replica or preserved – that work to your budget and create an amazing arrival experience…

Over the last year, Leaflike has worked with customers for cost saving solutions, transforming the perfect arrival experience without compromising on the look.

The Savoy completed a cost-saving exercise by switching their live planting at the front of the hotel for preserved/replica planting combination. Saving them money on their entrance planting as well as creating a magnificent first impression for their guests, a range of premium quality lifelike Buxus Ball Topiary and Buxus Spirals with slate top dressing planted into the hotel’s in-situ planter just outside their main entrance.

This was the perfect cost saving solution for this hotel during the current climate yet keeping the high-quality planting that this distinguished property requires. Feedback from the hotel and guests said: “We couldn’t believe how high quality the product is, so lifelike it’s unreal!”

Another example of combination planting includes customers opting for Everleaf by Leaflike. Real preserved planting that offers a 12 week cycle instead of weekly fresh displays.

Finally, the third option is a replica R8 green wall with live planting displayed in front of or around the wall area to provide a true combination planting experience, maintaining the look and benefiting from cost saving initiatives too.

In addition to these combination planting options, Leaflike helps customers across multiple industries, not only architects and interior designers, commercial properties, schools, offices and hospitality but retail and private residential alike.

Image of green wall outside of 54 Queens Gate

Image credit: Leaflike

Working across these industries Leaflike has recently helped Pan Pacific Hotel with a sustainable design, a replica green wall for Next Retail, a moss wall for Village Wholefoods, exterior green walls for The Big Yellow Self Storage Company and a new partnership with Uncommon who create flexible workspaces with a difference. Uncommon help members live well, work well and do well through supportive environments designed around them.

Leaflike is contributing to the Biophilic aspects of their offering and here is what they say about it: “Breathe deeply. A building without greenery is just unnatural. Plants create fresh air and make you happy, so the more the better. Roof terrace outside, plenty of pots inside. A healthier workspace to be. Find your place.”

Leaflike is one of the brands that has taken advantage of our Industry Support Package. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in also benefitting from this  three-month editorial package, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

Main image credit: Leaflike