Pflanzenrettung plantrescue in Berlin Tegel
This is definitely one of the coolest places I got to visit recently: the Pflanzenrettung in Berlin Tegel. I received a little heads-up about this cool place by Heilke & Thomas from Parus Paper and Igor and I decided to go here straight from the airport before our Berlin booklaunch. The owner Andreas wasn't there, but we called him and he received us for a lightning fast 5-minute visit. I quickly snapped a few pictures because this was a plantnerd's dream!
The Pflanzenrettung in Berlin is a plant rescue service that picks up plants from all over Berlin and brings them to Tegel. Andreas places them in the garden and in a big hangar. Plants that become too big and outgrow the owner's apartments, or plants that are about to be thrown away, "old" office plants, plants that are used for temporary events: Andreas picks up all of them and gives them a new life. The plants that he collects, can be rented for events and sometimes he sells them too. Also, you can bring him your plants during your holiday or in the winter when your plants need some extra light or care. Like some kind of "hibernation-service"!
In the big hangar it's a jungle! At the moment there are not too many plants, according to Andreas, but in a few weeks it will be full of plants again.
So much leafy goodness, can you spot that big rubber plant in the middle? So much taller and more interesting than any Ficus elastica that you could pick up at the garden center. I like plants with character!
Outside it's cactus & palm heaven with wild creatures that are so much prettier than the perfect plants in regular garden centers:
Mini pots for big tall cacti:
I wish there was a plantrescue here in France too... or maybe I should start one myself hahaha.
I kind of fell in love with this slim blue-ish cactus plant on the right ;)
Pflanzenrettung /// Gabrielenstr. 14 /// 13507 Berlin-Tegel /// Andreas Frädrich: +49 30 200 540 50
Garden banquet with my LZF family
It's the last day of summer and today I want to share with you one of my most memorable evenings of this summer: the garden banquet at LZF Lamps in Spain. As part of Sunny Design Days, our group of bloggers and journalists was invited to attend a garden banquet in Chiva, a small town near Valencia. Little did we know we were invited into a family, the LZF family with the most welcoming, creative, friendly, down-to-earth and talented people. It was a magical evening where everything was so perfect, from the warm welcoming words, to the mini pineapples in our cocktails, to the beautifully designed name badges and dinner menus, to the glorious Spanish food, to all the team members, the garden setting with stunning LZF lighting, the music (yes! even the music was REALLY good!), the chefs, the people from KlunderBie that couldn't be there and created a video message for us. Seriously, everything felt just right. Not over-the-top, but taken care of with such eye for detail, taste and good vibes that it was mindblowing. I felt right at home and didn't want to leave. When Sandro told us, he didn't know how to do these kind of events in any other way, I thought that was SO touching. If the only way that you know how to invite people, is like this... by creating a heartwarming connection and invite complete strangers into your own personal world. That is where the magic happens. Let me try to show you a few bits and pieces of that magic.
Let's first start with the brand itself. LZF (Luzifer) Lamps is an established Spanish design brand that was founded by artist Mariví Calvo and musician Sandro Tothill in 1994. The couple started their business in a small studio in Valencia's historic center and when they grew bigger, they moved to this charming old winery location in Chiva, just outside the city. From the beginning they focus on wood veneer lamps, made by hand. The veneer is incredibly soft to touch and creates a unique light. The veneer is thin enough to allow some light to pass through. Which results in two very different colors & effects when the lamps are switched on or off. But LZF is not only about beautiful lighting, it's also about making, producing and communicating their work in their own personal way. With a little hint of the devil ;)
Throughout our visit we got to see these three sides parts of LZF: we started by visiting the mix-match offices of the LZF team where ideas, prototypes, color tests, plants, sketches and computers lay side-by-side. It felt very boho yet designy, and seeing the graphic designer's offices I could totally see myself working there... sipping a perfect pear-sage cocktail with a mini pineapple, of course. When we moved on from one room to the next, there was always a new surprise: were it the music starring LZF lamps, including CD/record sleeves and music posters (a campaigne that was awarded with several Red Dot awards), or the larger-than-life wooden animals called Funny Farm: it was a labyrinth of people working with other people. One of the values that showed throughout the evening was that they truly value other people's talents and ideas. They give carte-blanche (or lots of freedom) to designers, musicians, photographers, crafters, engineers to create what they think is best. Mutual respect, passion and talents, that is, also, where you'll find the magic at LZF.
We continued our visit through several rooms where all LZF lamps are produced, wrapped and shipped. All products come to life right here: in this former winery building in Chiva! Every lamp even has its own identifier which allows to trace which member of the LZF team created that specific lamp.
After this labyrinth visit, we were invited to join the LZF family outside in the garden for a Spanish feast of cheese, charcuterie, paella (which is a typical Valencianan dish, the rice paddies are just outside the city), salads, deconstructed cheese cake and lovely wine. We made polaroid photos to take home as a souvenir, watched videos of past and current LZF project campaigns in the outdoor cinema(!) and talked, laughed and ate for hours from mismatched tableware that Sandro inherited from his family in Australia.... As you can imagine, we didn't want to leave our new LZF family. I leave you with some more photos by the talented Maria Mira (and a few by me too, when I wasn't too busy enjoying the evening).
Photography by Miria Mira (5-6-11-13-16-17-19-20-21), rest by me (Judith de Graaff). More photos on LZF's blog.
Urban Jungle book launches in Munich & Berlin
This first picture says it all: our booklaunch in Munich was SUCH a happy and festive day! After 9 months of hard work it was finally time to share our green "baby" with the world and present it to an audience of dear friends, bloggers, journalists, homeowners, plant lovers, in presence of both our partners. The location and weather were a dream: it was bright, sunny and hot in the botanical garden of Munich. The perfect setting for launching a book that is filled to the brim with green goodness!
In our presentation we spoke about the early days of Urban Jungle Bloggers, over 3 years ago, how it grew into the happy community that it is today and how we came about to turn it into a book. As we believe the book is not about us, we worked together many talented people: photographer Lina Skukauske, illustrator Saar Manche, 18 international bloggers and wonderful home owners based in 5 different countries.
We had some interesting questions from the audience, like "if we learned something new during the book making process" and "whether we thought there are plant trends that go beyond physical borders". Yes, we learned many new things, for example, plantlovers can live their "passion" in completely different ways: some keep book journals to keep track of growth, light and names, others are more "freestyle". I definitely started watering my plants more and more often after visiting Morgane's home, as she uses lots of flasks and small vases to grow her cuttings. And yes, there are definitely some very trendy plants that we see in homes in Spain as well as in Scandinavia, like the Monstera deliciosa and the Pilea peperomioides.
After our presentation we had the chance to tour the succulent and cactus greenhouses and even got to visit some that are usually closed to the public. I loved this part, while the public greenhouses are so beautiful and pristine, the part where plants are grown and where they heal after pests or illnesses, is even more interesting. Less styled, more real, fragile and messy.
Our book launch ended with a nice lunch at the restaurant of the botanical garden. We had time to sit down and relax and catch up with everyone. Some people even joined us from abroad, like Fem from Istanbul, Turkey, Anne from Copenhagen, Denmark and Fanie from Lyon, France. In the afternoon our friends Gudy and Anastasia continued with their workshops and in the evening the Best of Interior Blogs Awards ceremony was held at the Ambiente Direct showroom in Munich. A fun rooftop party with homemade pizza, wine and summer-y temperatures. To end this special day we had a mini afterparty at the H'Otello in Munich with a (very German) spritz.
Just a few days later Igor and I we're off to Berlin for the second book launch at the brand new showroom of interior brand Urbanara! Straight off the airport we took a cab to an amazing place in Tegel (close to the Berlin TXL airport) where Andreas "saves plants". He picks ups plants from around the German capital that grew too big for the owners apartments or that were used for event projects. He then stores them in a big hangar where he also keeps other people's plants while their owner's are on holiday. And some plants are planted directly in the garden. He then rents some of the plants for events and sells some in a little shop. It's a wonderful idea and even though Andreas was very busy and we visited for 5 minutes only, it was one of the coolest places I've seen in a while. I quickly took a few photos that I will share here on my blog soon.
Igor and I spent the rest of the day visiting some favorite places, like Roamers for avocado toast, surrounded by plants and then headed to Hallesches Haus to see our books in a real store for the very first time. A true "pinch-me-is-this-real" moment! Then it was time to head to the Urbanara showroom where Anne-Marie and Nina were in full swing decorating with lots of plants. We setup the beamer and welcomed the first guests and spoke about our Urban Jungle Bloggers story to the Berlin audience, in company of Urbanara founder Claire Davidson, as well as Christian Tesch from our publisher Callwey. The location and audience were completely different from the event in Munich: it had a stylish big city vibe and many attendees dressed for the occasion with botanical outfits. Thank you to everyone that joined us for making this an unforgettable evening!
And as the icing on the cake we heard that the English book of #urbanjunglebook has already sold out and is being reprinted right now! So exciting! And humbling! And cool! And wow! Thank you to everyone that came to our booklaunches or cheered us on via virtual channels ;) This has been (and is!) such a nice adventure!
Photography by Lina Skukauske and Christopher Santos for the Munich book launch and Herz & Blut for the Berlin book launch.
Urban Jungle Bloggers #31
Wow, what a week! We joyfully launched our #urbanjunglebook in Munich last Friday and life has been one big whirlwind ever since. The book launch was such a festive occasion: Igor and I presented the result of nine months of hard work to bloggers, journalists, homeowners, plant lovers, in presence of both our partners. The location and weather were a dream: it was bright, sunny and hot in the botanical garden of Munich. The perfect setting for launching a book that is filled to the brim with green goodness! After our presentation we had the chance to tour the greenhouses and even got to visit some that are usually closed to the public. It was fantastic and I can't wait to find a moment and edit my pictures to show you! Our talented book photographer Lina took some beautiful bright pictures of the day, you can check them out here.
But as I wrote before, this week has been a whirlwind, after the high of our booklaunch, a fun evening event at the "Best of Interior Bloggers Awards" and exploring Munich, we came home to a house that was completely turned upside down. This burglary has been very challenging to both of us, so many things as well as the sense of insecurity in your own home are gone and finding out who did it was shocking (some of the bloody bastards are not even 10 years old...) I'm angry, frustrated, sad, scared. But above all I'm very angry. So to keep myself sane, I focuse on all the positive things in life, the sweet people that surround us, the cats that are slowly getting over it, and all the wonderful feedback on our #urbanjunglebook. But everything takes more time, sometimes I feel numb, then overly motivated to get things done, and then exhausted again. So that's why my #plantselfie is a bit late.
For the September issue of Urban Jungle Bloggers, I had it all planned out. But our home feels very weird right now, so I decided to take pictures in one of the few rooms where they didn't come: our bathroom. Tripods are not my best friends, so I went for the real selfie experience: with my phone & camera. I installed a little jungle in front of the mirror and had a little Boomerang fun ;) This green therapy sure helps to get over this bad experience ;) My barrel cactus actualy budded on Sunday and started flowering on Monday. Like a sign of hope and strength. Just what we need!
Will you show us your #plantselfie too?
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via Facebook or Instagram. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
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