The Lessons of Spring

 

The vernal equinox marks the beginning of longer, brighter days. Spring’s extra daylight has the power to change us in positive ways. We feel more optimistic and resilient; just as plants turn to capture the light of the sun, we humans also depend upon and crave sunlight for our mental and physical well-being.

As light begins to shine brightly once more and birds, insects and animals emerge, and plants and flowers begin to bloom, it is indeed a time of renewal. Spring is a time for us to embark on new journeys and start new projects with fresh ideas. As we ponder the tiny leaflets on each tree, let us also allow that optimism to guide our own re-emergence, resilience and growth.

Pantone Color of the Year | 2020

Introducing 2020, Pantone’s Classic Blue offers us a quiet confidence for a new era. This enduring hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation. In the garden blooming plants such as hyacinths, muscari, iris, delphinium, pericallis, and hydrangea are poised and remind us that this blue hue is elegant in its simplicity. The versatility of the color takes on distinct appearances through different materials, finishes, and textures. From accent textiles to glazed ceramic pottery, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue makes a dramatic statement, transforming a space through unique color combinations and tonal statements.

22’ Wreath at Grand Central Station

What’s 22’ wide, hangs over midtown, weighs an actual ton, and is loved by one and all? It’s no easy feat dressing up a gigantic transit hub, much less an icon, a landmark, an architectural and engineering marvel in the heart of the busiest city in the world-  We proudly present Grand Central Terminal’s absolutely enormous wreath, displayed about as prominently as it gets, and delivering holiday cheer to Midtown in dramatic fashion. No fewer than twelve individual frames support this gargantuan wreath, which clocks in at over 22’ in diameter. The oversize custom red bow is 13.5’ wide, adorned with twin 15’ tails. Our state-of-the-art control system acts as the brains of the wreath, directing a dazzling array of custom light displays. Adorned with over 7,400 lights, this wreath boasts over a mile of lights! Happy Holidays, NYC!

 

New York Post | Office building rooftops, terraces are multiplying with a vengeance

Why do 90% of new buildings in NYC include landscaped outdoor space? Why are owners of existing commercial properties racing to add terraces, roof decks and courtyards to their amenities? The answer is simple- ROI. The Post takes a close look at one of the hottest trends in NY real estate- Outdoor spaces built to attract deep-pocketed tenants, and they’ve uncovered some pretty compelling findings. Savvy landlords have recognized that these spaces are a major attraction, and tenants are willing to pay more for offices with a terrace or roof deck- 14% more, according to a recent study by global real estate firm CBRE. Inexpensive compared with other high-priced building upgrades, outdoor space is a smart way to boost a buildings appeal and stand out against competing properties.

Read the entire article here, and let us know what your favorite outdoor space might look like- If you can dream it, we can design, build and maintain it.