Rooftop Meadow in SoHo

Hovering 7 stories above Spring Street is a rooftop garden that is more than just a green roof. Featuring a variety of grasses and a seasonal rotation of blooming plants, this rooftop is transformed into an urban meadow. The distinction between the meadow in the forefront and the city’s skyline as a backdrop plays off of the urban vs wild contrast that lives within each of us. The blooming color is planted in large swaths to increase its intensity and rolls through the season adding a constant shift in color. Flowering chives present soft purple tufts and fresh greens beginning in early spring until the coreopsis take over in the summer with their electric orange hue and wild flower nature. Later, the hydrangeas begin to take bloom and their moppy heads create a late summer watercolor that leads the way into autumn red and golden grasses. As part of the common space of a private office, this rooftop retreat provides respite from the bustle of the surrounding city and is the setting for meetings and gatherings from spring through fall.

Floral Trends 2014

This year’s floral trends promise to bring flashes of color, lush blossoms, dainty groupings and the integration of natural elements.

We’ve turned to IFD for their ever present ability to have their finger on the pulse.

 

Revival

This trend blends vintage fashion and art-deco with modern pop culture.

Encompassing nostalgic pastel hues of mint, blush-pinks and peach contrasting with accents of black and gold, compliment and intensify color.

Opulent and abundant lush groupings with clean silhouettes, contoured blooms such as antherium, orchids, calla lilies, compliment the wistful textures of softer astilbe, garden roses and peonies.

Arrangements are composed in high sheen containers and bold geometric architectural vessels as well as vintage crystal and mercury glass.

 

Grand Lodge

In this trend, luxe meets rustic, elegance fuses with mountain simplicity.

Natural materials blend with metals, glass and crystal that have luster and sheen.

Cream, stone, mossy greens, chestnut and blue-greys are the dominant colors of Grand Lodge.

Huge, staggered frames–either gilded or made of moss, or birch, transform flowers into works of art.

Grouping of found objects and romantic combinations of sweet peas, hydrangeas, clematis, luecadendron and dahlias are arranged in cut crystal containers, warm silver and china vases.

 

Confetti

Expressive color, bright hues and bold patterns define this trend.

A full color spectrum is gathered in daring and wild combinations such as tangerine, coral, fuchsia, pops of neon, turquoise and bright red.

Graduated tones of ombre and bold color blocking patterns are created with the intensity of poppies, gerberas, carnations, zinnias, sunflowers and proteas.

Bright Geometric vessels and container groupings keep this trend engaging and powerful.

 

Aquaculture

The allure of water with its flowing lines and reflective quality are the inspiration of this trend.

The colors are both soothing and intense and range from bright turquoise and rich indigo to the deep purple and lilac to stormy grey.

Blue delphinium, agapanthus, dark blue hydrangea and grape hyacinth combine with alliums, nigella, succulents and textured greens such as eucalyptus and Tillandsia.

Containers have organic finishes that include bubble shapes, textural ceramics with scalloped edges and the smooth curve of glass. Silver gray and weathered metals blend with polished river stone and driftwood to complete this look.