Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Implantations of Patrick Nadeau

You could say Paris-based architect Patrick Nadeau infuses his designs with vitality and mean it literally. His inventive use of plant material serves as an integral part of his structural and visual vocabulary.

The material in this case is Spanish moss, often seen suspended from larger trees in the southern and tropical U.S. Otherwise known as
Tillandsia usneoides, it's an epiphytic bromeliad or "air plant." This opportunistic plant has the ability to absorb it's moisture and nutritional needs from the moist air. One of the few living things that may actually enjoy the humidity.

Outdoors, Spanish moss often provides shelter for bats, jumping spiders and all manner of unpleasant critters.
Indoors, Nadeau is able to create a softening canopy that responds graphically well with light, natural and otherwise. With this, Nadeau effectively expands the interior designer's palette.

For more on the above, check Boffi Solferino here.

Nadreau also experiments other varieties of non-soil dwelling plants and other containers as well. His bold mixture of strict modern lines in his architecture and furnishings and the various flora at his disposal all merge into a kind of joyful and controlled entropy.

Above, an undulating wall unit/bookshelf.

A wall garden of his design for the offices of Louis Vuitton.

A rendered view of a proposed terrace for Louis Vuitton's offices.

In another residential interior vision, plants peer out from table tops, from a terra cotta totem, and a suspended wall screen of pots. Bits of life stand against the sterility of a white field.

In this design under construction in Sillery, France, a living roof and walls act as insulation from both the elements and sound in this hill-shaped "Wave" House.
Plants have been selected for aesthetics and their natural resistance and low maintenance qualities. (This roof salad consists of a mix of grasses, leafy succulent, thymes, lavenders, and other small perennial plants.) Also included is mist irrigation and a water recuperation system.

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