Interior designers and decorators are demonstrating that during Orchid Mania, the annual orchid celebration going on now at
The designers have created room vignettes that spotlight the exotic-looking flowers. But these aren't just a few pretty blooms in a pot. Live orchids have become the subjects of framed artwork, objects on shelves and even ethereal decorations suspended in the air.
The idea was to make orchids dominant elements in the rooms rather than just supporting players, said
An artistic installation in the lobby gives visitors a taste of what to expect. Potted orchids and foliage plants surround stark white couches in giant planters that are painted in the show's theme colors -- a grayish purple, a springy green, an ocean blue and a fiery orange-red. Overhead, chair shapes are suspended from the ceiling.
Orchids are displayed throughout the botanical garden building, including masses of flowers displayed in the glasshouse's two artificial ecosystems. The orchids were shipped from spots across the country -- even as far as
The room vignettes serve as a more structured counterpoint to the natural setting of the glassshouse, Kascsak said. The designers were asked to use one or more of the theme colors, he said, all saturated hues that he hopes people will find less intimidating once they see them used effectively.
"This way they get to see them [the colors] in action," he said.
Some of the room vignettes are edgy, he said, while some are more traditional.
The staff of Reflections Interior Design set up their space as an art gallery, with picture frames surrounding orchids that will be hung on the wall to act as living, three-dimensional paintings.
The room, she said, would be a foyer, with a massive arrangement of orchids on a round table skirted in fabric with the same pattern and colors as the wall.
Kascsak said he hopes the show will be a respite from the season's bleakness, as well as an inspiration. Showgoers will have the opportunity to talk to the vignettes' creators at Meet the Designers events at
And maybe those visitors will take home an orchid or two from the garden's gift shop to perk up their own rooms.
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