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Happy 30th Birthday to The Mirage!

On November 22nd, 1989, The Mirage Hotel & Casino officially opened its doors. It was the largest hotel in the world at the time, and the first casino/resort built in Vegas in 16 years.

 

After The Mirage opened in 1989, Southern Nevada witnessed a decade-long boom, experiencing construction and population growth not seen in the United States since the Gold Rush of the 1840s and 1850s.”

 

History of Gaming in Nevada

 

Many of our artisans played an important role in creating the artificial plants and trees for the launch of The Mirage. Lifescapes International, Inc. created the magnificent design that included more than 200 preserved palm trees. These, along with artificial plants and trees, adorned the lobby, arching and forming canopies over the walkways. 

 

The preserved Exotic Washingtonia Robustas with natural tree trunks looked real, because they’re made with real palm fronds! Our proprietary preservation systems “immortalizes” the foliage so it maintains its look and shape, but doesn’t require watering or maintenance. The end result was a lush oasis in the midst of the desert, which epitomized the mirage in the resort’s name.

 

These preserved trees are considered by many to have launched the proliferation of palm trees (real, preserved, and fabricated) in Vegas. As noted in the LA Times:

 

“It’s phenomenal. It’s just unbelievable. Every project that we’re doing requires palm trees.”

 

Vegas Landscapes Betting on Palm Trees

 

Today The Mirage remains as one of the city’s premiere attractions.

 

In that time, we’ve created and installed thousands of plants and trees for casinos, hotels, and restaurants, in Vegas and beyond.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks extend a very happy birthday to The Mirage and all the team members that made this iconic property! 

 

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Dispensary Design & Decor – Grass Monkey Cannabis

Cannabis dispensary design & decor is a rapidly growing subset of interior design. TreeScapes and PlantWorks had the chance to help one such establishment, Grass Monkey Cannabis Company, with their dispensary design and horticultural decorations.

 

Grass Monkey recently had their grand opening in South Portland, Maine, and we were called upon to bring some greenery to the space.

 

This was a fun project, because it let us be creative and work on new concepts. There were elements that we use frequently, like faux potted plants in baskets, and hanging vines.

 

Replica fiddle leaf fig trees are also popular, and we created a six-foot-tall version for them. It fit perfectly with all of the other replica plants inside.

 

There are other more unconventional elements, though. Replica boxwood hedges frame a spray paint rendering of a marijuana leaf. A monkey sculpture has a mohawk with our replica grass as his “hair”.

 

The statement piece is an artistic green wall of a monkey’s face, variegated with stripes of replica moss. This company did an amazing job at integrating their brand name into the decor!

 

Our contributions to the dispensary design joined other whimsical elements, like an oversized banana sculpture, and smaller monkey figurines climbing the walls.

 

The interior signage and art all feature graffiti elements, which capture the playful, unexpected, and urban look that Brass Monkey Cannabis Company epitomizes.

 

Dispensaries are a big business that are only growing as marijuana is legalized in more and more locations. That’s why dispensary design and decor is so important for cannabis companies.

 

If they want to become well-known, household names – or even obscure cult favorites – they need to be distinctive. They also have to appeal to their target audience, and the overall design has to make sense for their products.

 

Another challenge unique to this industry is the restrictions placed on exterior advertising. Many dispensaries across America are only allowed to decorate the inside of their space. Others can use exterior décor and signs, but they can’t actually reference cannabis or marijuana at all.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks are proud to help dispensaries with their decor and design needs. We have just about every variety of greenery that you can think of, and that includes replica cannabis!

 

You might wonder why a cannabis company would want artificial marijuana – especially when they sell real marijuana. It turns out that there are several compelling reasons why faux cannabis is the best choice for dispensaries.

 

Building regulations and federal laws can prohibit dispensaries from growing real cannabis, and the live plants can bring other complications when allowed. There’s a real risk of theft or damage to the plants by enthusiastic consumers.

 

Plus, cannabis plants are known to be sensitive and fickle. They require lots of care and attention, which may include special grow lamps, humidity control, or sterile environments.

 

With all of this in mind, it only makes sense to utilize fake cannabis for dispensaries! We’re happy to assist, with custom designs and products that celebrate hemp in its many forms. If you’re seeking assistance with cannabis dispensary design and decor, we’re here to help.

 

Visit the Grass Monkey Cannabis Company website

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Preserved Palm Trees

Our preserved palm trees set the scene recently at the MGM Grand lobby display! The Eagles “Hotel California” tour kicked off in Las Vegas, and the casino’s mascot, Leo the Lion, was surrounded by West Coast decor.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks provided the six preserved date palms that surround the iconic gold lion. Preserved trees – and preserved palm trees in particular – are a specialty of ours. They look real because they are real!

 

Preservation Process

Our exclusive preservation process begins with real palm tree fronds and bark. Next, we replace the water within the cellular structure of each frond. We have a proprietary preservative that is fully organic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and inherently fire retardant.

 

Palms are our most popular choice for preserved trees, but we also offer preserved juniper topiaries, boxwood hedges, and different types of grass.

 

The final products are often indistinguishable from living trees and plants! The main difference is that they will maintain their natural color, shape, texture, and structural integrity for years to come.

 

Representing Hotel California

The preserved palm trees were further accented by our replica kentia palm plants. California style street signs were also added. Each featured a reference to popular Eagles’ songs, including “Hotel California”, “Take it to the Limit”, and “Desperado”.

 

The final touch was a smaller version of the infamous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. The one at the MGM Grand reads “Welcome to the Hotel California”, of course! VegasNews.com reported:

 

“Along with a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Grand Garden Arena, fans of the legendary band also can memorialize their visit with a unique photo next to the “Welcome to Hotel California” sign specially designed to accompany the famous MGM Grand gold lion in the lobby.”

Head to MGM Grand to Enjoy Eagles-Themed Activations in Anticipation of Upcoming Performances

 

Click here to learn more about our preservation process and see pictures of some of our most stunning preserved palm trees, topiaries, boxwood hedges, and grasses.

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Artificial Green Wall for IPIC Theater

Artificial green walls were in high demand this year, and we’re expecting interest to continue growing. These non-living vertical gardens have some unique characteristics that make them especially great for commercial design and décor. Our recent creation, the Shuma Custom Vertical Garden for IPIC Theater, is a great example of a successful artificial green wall!

 

Hamid Hashemi, CEO and President of IPIC Entertainment, planned the theater’s artistic features from the beginning.

 

“The entire property is inspired by art,” Hashemi said. “We built the space around art.”

IPIC Entertainment To Call Delray Home, New Luxury Theater Open For Moviegoers

 

Our vertical garden is just one of many art pieces created for the theater:

 

“More than a dozen artists were commissioned to create site-specific work for the exteriors and interiors of the theater. On a wall in the lobby, vivid swatches of living* Spanish moss emerge from holes like the remnants of a buried forest, and artist Ernest Zacharevic painted the children that frolic among the foliage.” 

Up Close: IPIC CEO Hamid Hashemi

*It’s actually preserved Spanish moss!

 

The wall features cozy cushioned nooks that are designed for seating, climbing, or lounging. Each nook has a background of preserved moss, along with replica ferns, Hosta plants, and tropical foliage. Zacharevic’s paintings add life and whimsy to this unique piece of mixed media art.  

 

One recent patron told the Palm Beach Post: “I love that wall. I think it is earthy, invigorating, and zen.” Another article by the Post provides more detail on the range of artwork inside the theater:

 

“Inside the lobby of the complex are five floor-to-ceiling murals, about 85-by-15 feet each.

 

Ahead of the opening, people took selfies in front of the artwork, inspired by Miami’s trendy Wynwood Art District.

 

“It’s really a sight,” said Michelle Soudry, a spokeswoman for the movie theater chain. “People are dropping in to see the incredible art.”

 

The modern exterior of the theater includes a “living wall” of vertical shrubbery.

 

“We always looked at building something that would become iconic in Delray Beach,” Hashemi said.

Delray iPic opens this week

 

Green walls, living or artificial, appeal to humans because they connect us to nature. This is one of the core facets of biophilic design, which continues to gain in popularity. Custom vertical gardens and walls offer larger than life, aesthetically appealing displays that are perfect for today’s audiences.

 

A large installation, like the one we created for iPic Theater in DelRay Beach, is sure to impress. People naturally gravitate towards greenery, and a huge wall can make us feel fully immersed in the experience. The large scale also allows adults to feel like kids again. It takes us back to a time when everything around us was big, and life was simpler.

 

Another favorite feature of artificial green walls is how picturesque they are. Social media users seek out places with interesting backgrounds and features that will look great on social media. Many businesses are using this to their advantage, and designing “Instagrammable” exhibits or features.

 

It’s a savvy strategy that drives foot traffic and results in more online brand recognition online. Vertical gardens are also the perfect way to display your company name, logo, or custom message in a big way. Check out our artificial green wall gallery below for examples!

 

IPIC Entertainment has accomplished all of this and more with the design of their Delray Beach theater. Check out our image gallery below, and see a video (at right) that highlights this exciting new addition to the South Florida art scene.

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Faux Tree & Vertical Garden at Paramount Miami Worldcenter

TreeScapes and PlantWorks were thrilled to create a faux tree and non-living vertical garden at a luxury condo community in Florida!

 

Paramount Miami Worldcenter is a dazzling condominium tower that reaches 60 stories, and 700 feet tall.

 

It boasts an impressive variety of amenities for residents to enjoy, including an outdoor soccer field, and poolside cabanas for sale. There are even plans for a 5,000 square foot flying car skyport atop the tower!

 

Our team helped to outfit the Conservatory at Worldcenter. We created a unique Shuma Garden green wall, and an artificial Cherry Blossom tree; the interior design creates a calm, welcoming place that residents can enjoy at their leisure.

 

The Conservatory walls feature intriguing panels of replica plants, alternating with white space. There’s a water feature as well, with a beautiful fabricated cherry blossom tree taking center stage.

 

Before we discuss the faux tree, though, let’s look more closely at the custom-made Shuma Garden green wall.

 

Each panel features segments of replica moss, succulents, and greenery. They’re arranged in a striped pattern that gives a graphic element to the space.

 

Each plant is a different shade of green, with its own unique texture. The faux succulents add pops of color in shades of blue, purple, pink, and yellow.

 

There are six main types of replica horticulturals used for these Shuma Garden non-living green walls:

 

      • Replica Watercress
      • Replica Moss
      • Replica Sedum
      • Replica Echeveria
      • Replica Mangrove
      • Replica Chinese Evergreen – Silver Queen

 

The walls catch your eye quickly, but it’s the fabricated Cherry Blossom that ties it all together. The dark brown trunk is surrounded by replica moss and set within an infinity edge reflecting pool.

 

Thousands of fabricated blossoms, in shades of white and pink, give the tree that signature Cherry Blossom appeal.

 

It is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly realistic! There’s one part that we made purposely unrealistic, though: this tree will bloom all year long, instead of the brief 1-2 week bloom that natural Cherry Blossoms experience annually.

 

The Conservatory is further accented by a wall of windows, so residents can take in a view of the city as they unwind. Curving, nature-inspired furniture and lighting make the space both sophisticated and welcoming.

 

This beautiful space is just one of the many amenities available to residents. The developers bill it as “the tower with the most amenities in the world!” Given all that we’ve seen, we have to agree!

 

Click here to visit the Paramount Miami Worldcenter website

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Artificial Cherry Blossom Trees

Artificial cherry blossom trees are a great way to incorporate the beauty and symbolism of cherry blossoms in your home or business. They capture the essence of the tree, but avoid the drawbacks that come with natural cherry blossoms.

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks create faux cherry blossom trees for interior and exterior use. Our creations have been featured in restaurants, retail shops, and even movie sets!

 

Cherry blossoms are a natural choice for decor, but unfortunately, the trees have some unavoidable limitations. They’re not intended for indoor growth, so anyone who would like them inside should go with faux.

 

Their brief blooming period (1-2 weeks) means that there is a very small window of time for the tree to provide its gorgeous signature white and pink blossoms.

 

Additionally, the average cherry blossom tree only lives for about 15-20 years. This means that the a cherry blossom tree might be flowering for a total of just six-twelve months of their entire lifespan.

 

Then there are the beautiful – but messy – leaves, petals, and berries that shed after each bloom. Fabricated artificial cherry blossom trees allow our clients to avoid the mess and upkeep, and enjoy the beauty for decades to come.

 

Another advantage of replica trees and fabricated trees, like our fake cherry blossom trees, is the ability to customize them. Our trees are artisan crafted by hand to meet your exact specifications. These may include height, foliage spread, foliage density, blossom colors, and more little details that come together for one ultra-realistic creations.

 

Not looking for realistic? Not a problem! We also make fanciful and imaginative trees, like this gold cherry blossom tree for a Chinese New Year celebration.

 

Cherry blossoms are a popular choice for our exclusive TreeLusions™ by TreeScapes. These innovative faux trees feature a custom-fabricated tree trunk, interchangeable branching, and a nearly endless array of foliage options. Many clients enjoy artificial cherry blossom trees/foliage in spring, and alternate options (such as maple, pine, and weeping willow) for the other seasons.

 

TreeLusions™ provide designers and decorators with a way to enjoy cherry blossoms for longer than their natural two week bloom. They also allow you to appreciate the temporary beauty and symbolism of the cherry blossom, since it’s entirely up to you when (or if) you switch to different types of branches and foliage.

 

Cherry blossoms are widely celebrated in Japan, South Korea, China, and the United States. They emerge in spring, bloom, and then die shortly thereafter.

 

The fleeting aspect of their beauty has resulted in Japanese cherry blossoms symbolizing humanity and mortality. The basic idea is we are all here for a relatively brief time, and should make the most of it. Their fragility and ephemeral beauty tie in to Buddhist concepts of mindfulness and living in the moment.

 

These unique trees have different meanings across cultures. In Japan, they also represent good fortune, love, friendship, and affection. This is why Japan’s 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C. was so symbolic. The trees stood for friendship and harmony between the two countries. The U.S. reciprocated with a gift of dogwood trees in 1915. Dogwoods have their own distinctive blossoms in similar shades. We also create artificial dogwood trees in multiple sizes and colors.

 

Cherry blossom trees are known as sakura in Japan, and they’re celebrated each April with an annual tradition called hanami. Additional symbolism in Japan includes new beginnings, hope, and innocence.

 

Japanese Samurais revered the cherry blossoms, and thought their short-lived blooms looked like drops of blood. The connection to Samurai culture means cherry blossoms are depicted in art, film, poetry, and more. In World War II, Japanese kamikaze pilots would decorate their fighter aircrafts with cherry blossoms, often before leaving for a suicide mission.

 

Cherry blossoms are also ubiquitous in traditional Japanese tattoos (Irezumi), and are often depicted alongside koi fish, dragons, and hannya masks. 

 

Americans tend to associate cherry blossoms with the same symbolism that the Japanese do. The the generous 1912 gift from Japan has connected both cultures. There’s an annual National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington, D.C. each spring, during their peak bloom period. The events include a blossom kite festival, parade, and even “Petalpalooza”.

 

“The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.

 

Today’s Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.”

 

NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

 

Cherry blossom trees are equally meaningful in China, but they have different symbolism. There, cherry blossoms embody female love, passion, strength, and dominance. The South Korean associations are similar. That’s why one of our artificial cherry blossom trees was on display at the Amazon Studios film premiere and after-party in Los Angeles:

 

“TreeScapes helped celebrate the premier of ‘The Handmaiden’, a Japanese/Korean film, with the construction of a 17’ high x 16’ wide fabricated Cherry Blossom Tree. Manufactured upon a steel core, the trunk is imbued with both Inherently Fire Retardant (IFR) and Ultraviolet Inhibited (UVI) materials. The texture of the trunk was created with molds created from live cherry trees to mirror the texture of the bark. The fabricated tree was then set upon a custom-built grassy knoll, covered with artificial turf, grass and rock.”

 

2018 Adex Silver Award Winning Design

 

Another significant achievement in the world of faux cherry blossom trees is our creation for the movie adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha. Our 32-foot fabricated cherry blossom tree providing a stunning visual representation of some of the film’s main themes. These dialogue quotes show just how central cherry blossoms are to the plot:

 

Chairman: Nobu has taught me a great deal – patience, for example. And I in turn have tried to teach him: you have to savor life while you can.

Sayuri: The lesson of the cherry blossom!

Chairman: That is why Nobu likes you. We must not expect happiness, Sayuri. It is not something we deserve. When life goes well, it is a sudden gift; it cannot last forever!

 

The narrator touches on another cherry bloom (sakura) tree simile, saying, “My mother always said my sister Satsu was like wood; as rooted to the earth as a sakura tree. But she told me I was like water. Water can carve its way even through stone…and when trapped, water makes a new path…”

 

Memoirs of a Geisha received numerous accolades, including the 2006 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction (John Myhre and Gretchen Rau) and Best Achievement in Cinematography (Dion Beebe). It won other similar awards that year, including Best Cinematography (BAFTA Award), Excellence in Production Design (Art Directors Guild Award), and Production Company/Location Team of the Year (California on Location Awards). 

 

Our artificial cherry blossom tree is often discussed in critiques and praise for Memoirs. The Daily Breeze wrote about the cherry blossom tree and set location/design:

 

The Huntington’s Japanese Garden provided the backdrop for a cherry blossom-draped scene in “Memoirs of a Geisha.” With a reputation as a premiere location, an average filming day at the Huntington costs $10,000, depending on crew size and the day of filming. For Mike Fantasia, location manager for “Memoirs,” it’s worth it. “It’s a fantastic place to film,” he said. “They take such good care of the place.” Filming for “Memoirs” took place one day in October last year. The garden was dressed up to look like the backyard of a baron’s estate, complete with a 30-foot man-made cherry blossom tree.”

 

Give That Garden an Oscar

 

The Los Angeles Times also referenced the sakura theme, noting that “the story arrives in a flurry of snow and pink cherry blossoms, swathed in silk and carefully powdered and primped for its march down the red carpet.” –A ‘Geisha’ Drenched in Cherry Blossoms

 

TreeScapes and PlantWorks just finished the installation of a fabricated cherry blossom tree for The Conservatory at Paramount Miami Worldcenter, and we have another in production for a Japanese restaurant in La Quinta, California.

 

If you’re interested in a custom cherry blossom tree – or any kind of custom fabricated, replica, or preserved tree – we’re here to make your vision a reality. Contact us today to learn more: email sales@treescapes.com, or call 1-800-527-8884.

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Faux Succulents vs Living Succulents

Faux succulents are a popular new design option, but some wonder why real succulents aren’t sufficient. They’re fairly hardy plants that don’t require a huge amount of upkeep, however, they can also be sensitive and temperamental. Faux succulents (also known as replica succulents or fake succulents) don’t have any of these problems!

 

Succulents are generally a good choice for those seeking a low-maintenance, affordable plants that can live indoors. They store their water, so they can survive and thrive in warm, dry, indoor climates. The flip side of this advantage is that they’re very sensitive to overwatering, and people tend to overestimate how much water they actually need.

 

Too much water can result in a soggy, moldy, succulent. Leaves may become soft, mushy, limp, yellowed, or shriveled. This detracts from their natural beauty, reduces any environmental benefits that come from having live plants, and can be a pain to remedy.

 

Another complication is that too little water can cause many of the same issues described above. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if over or under watering is to blame for a withered or yellowed succulent. Furthermore, those same results can occur from lack of nutrients in the soil. Repotting every year or two is necessary to keep a succulent happy and healthy.

 

Succulents need sunlight to grow, but sun can also be their worst enemy. If there isn’t enough exposure to natural light, a succulent might die or have stunted growth. Confusion can occur when they need more sunshine, because some succulents respond by stretching towards the sun. It may look like they’re growing well, but in reality the plant is getting weaker.

 

Now for the next possible issue – too much sunlight. As with water, succulents need just the right amount of sun exposure to become strong and mature. Their leaves can develop brown sunburned spots, which are unsightly, and indicate an unhealthy plant. Beyond that, leaves can fall off if the succulent is exposed to too much heat. Is it any surprise that over-watering can also cause the leaves to fall off?

 

The biggest difficulty with succulents is diagnosing and remedying what ails them. This is compounded by the fact that they are notoriously sensitive to any changes in their environment, and may react poorly to being relocated or repotted. Succulents are easily shocked and gardeners must introduce changes slowly to ensure that the plant doesn’t decline in response.

 

Faux succulents offer another advantage that many designers and enthusiasts appreciate: consistency of colors. There are many beautifully hued succulents of all shapes and sizes, but no guarantee that your plant will grow to have the exact color or pattern you expect. Faux succulents give you the choice to specify every little detail, creating an ideal arrangement that stays attractive and “healthy” all year long.

 

Of course, there’s no need to water faux plants, and therefore no risk of over or under watering. Your fake succulent will not drown or go through a drought, even if you ignore them for months at a time. They also won’t develop sunburned spots, change shape, or yellow like natural succulents often do.

 

If you’re interested in artificial succulents, check out our gallery of replica succulent images below. We’ve also included images of some plants that are often paired with succulents, like hostas and ferns. Use these pictures as inspiration for your own garden, green wall, or tabletop decor!

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The SUSHISAMBA Tree

The SUSHISAMBA Tree has become one of London’s most Instagrammable hotspots – and it was proudly constructed by a team of our talented artisans!

 

This towering custom-made oak tree sits at the center of the outdoor bar 38 floors above the city of London. This magnificent tree features the eye-catching and extremely distinctive SUSHISAMBA Orange coloring that embellishes its massive trunk, complex branching, broad foliage, and seemingly endless array of twinkling lights.
 
 
This iconic restaurant and our team are currently hard at work on a new and even bigger tree that will adorn the new SUSHISAMBA that will soon open in Saudi Arabia.

 

Here’s how the SUSHISAMBA website describes the London tree:

 

“Indoor-outdoor elements weave throughout the space, most notably, the structural orange tree on the west terrace. A SUSHISAMBA icon, the tree sculpture reinforces the earth-to-sky motif while being an artwork in itself, reminiscent of great 20th century art and creating dialogue with the street art found throughout the space.”

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The rest of London – and the world – has definitely taken notice.

 

TheHandbook.com published their list of “The 18 Most Instagrammable Festive Restaurants”, and the SUSHISAMBA tree is the favorite backdrop for selfies and group shots:

 

“You probably feel like you’ve been to SushiSamba even if you never have. The second venue on the list of most Instagrammed places in London, SushiSamba serves sushi and cocktails *almost* as photogenic as the view – well, London from the 38th floor is pretty spectacular.

 

The fairylit red tree on the terrace is the most popular photo, although the restaurant itself is pretty spectacular, especially at night.”

 

Hello! magazine has even declared SUSHISAMBA London as “the A-listers’ favourite fusion restaurant“:

 

“The open terrace-bar, with a magical lit-up tree perched in the middle of the circular bar that has you reaching for your camera phone, and the cool buzzy atmosphere, is also not to be missed…”

 

Need more convincing? Some think the tree would look right at home on the set of a favorite HBO series…imagine the photo opportunities!

 

In an article titled “The Most Instagrammable Restaurants in London”, the Evening Standard UK says you should go to SUSHISAMBA “for that giant orange tree that looks like it’s from Game of Thrones”.

 

See more images – and perhaps inspiration for a London vacation? – on our Pinterest board!

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Instagrammable Place: L'Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree

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Instagrammable Place: L'Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree

We’re pleased to present the award-winning L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree, on display at their flagship New York shop. We provided the custom fabricated tree that is now part of the immersive concept store. 

 

The entire shop was created to be experimental and disruptive – a new way to engage shoppers who are used to buying things online. The interactive elements include a rain shower sink, free hand massages, virtual reality headsets, and a trio of yellow bikes in front of a Provencial French backdrop. Selfie opportunities are everywhere – including the L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree by TreeScapes!

 

Olives trees are an important component of the L’Occitane brand. Olives are one of their five main product ingredients, along with lavender, verbena, almonds, and immortelle. L’Occitane sources only authentic, local products that are grown in the Provence area of France.

 

The symbolism is so important to L’Occitane that the brand uses a specific olive tree from the Valensole Farm (in Provence) as a signature element in their branding. It’s even featured on their shopping bags!

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Award Winning L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree

The store’s design and components have already won multiple awards, including Retail Design Institute’s 2018 Store of the Year.

 

“L’Occitane en Provence’s experiential store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue was named as the Institute’s 2018 Store of the Year. The 1,870-sq.-ft. space is rich in experiences and is designed to be more agile and disruptive, with plenty of Instagrammable and interactive moments. Customers can explore brand history and signature products through ever-changing – and interactive — installations that echo the Provencal lifestyle…

 

Recognizing the team’s effort to elevate the customer experience, the judging panel not only unanimously voted L’Occitane Fifth Avenue as Store of Year, but also honored it with an Experiential Innovation Award for customer engagement.”

And the Store of the Year is…

 

L’Occitane’s Fifth Avenue store also named as the 2018 Spectrum Award Project Winner, and included on Insider Trends list of “31 of the World’s Best Brand Homes”.  We’re proud to have our tree featured there, and we love what the press has been saying about it:

 

“Other features include:

•A “rain-shower” sink: customers can test-and-play with products beneath a shower of water from an illuminated canopy above

•A curved communal bench set beneath the canopy of an “awe-inspiring” Mediterranean Olive tree.”

L’Occitane aims for a more immersive, more disruptive flagship

 

“Adjacent to the sink is a curved communal bench is set at the base of a Mediterranean Olive Tree. Here, guests are invited to sit under the tree canopy and be transported to the lavender field of Provence via VR headsets.”

Spectrum Awards Winner’s Book

 

Our L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree is so realistic that it fools many into thinking it’s a real living tree! We can’t think of a better compliment on our design and creation…

 

“The store has a nice mix of the natural and the high-tech. There’s a live tree in the center of the store, and there are also lots of interactive tools and displays, including a virtual reality headset that can make you feel that you’re in a lavender field in Provence.”

the sweet smell of france at the new l’occitane flagship

 

Mediterranean Olive Trees from TreeScapes and PlantWorks are some of our most popular creations. We used them recently for two different projects in Las Vegas: CATCH restaurant at Aria Resort & Casino, and Vanderpump Cocktail Gardens at Caesar’s Palace.

If you’d like a more detailed view of the shop – and our L’Occitane Mediterranean Olive Tree – check out this video from the Grand Opening:

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Shaquille O'Neal's Restaurant "Shquille's" patio with faux bougainvillea

Faux Bougainvillea & Succulents at Shaquille’s Restaurant

Faux Bougainvillea & Succulents at Shaquille’s

What do faux bougainvillea flowers have in common with basketball? They’re both featured at basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s newest restaurant!

 

Shaquille’s opened in early 2019, and TreeScapes and PlantWorks provided faux bougainvillea flowers, succulents, and ivy.

 

It’s very easy to identify Shaq’s restaurant at first sight. There’s a bright purple SHAQUILLE’S sign, and a huge set of double doors. They’re tall enough to accommodate Shaq’s considerable (7’1) height. 

 

Our beautiful faux bougainvillea flowers cover the entire wall next to the front doors. You can peek through, but this patio offers guests plenty of privacy as they dine. Inside you can find rows of market lights, which add warmth and ambiance.

 

“If you enjoy people watching, patio dining along the LA Live promenade is an ideal place. A mesh wall of flowers hides the seating area so you can do so discreetly. The restaurant also offers a place for celebrity guests wanting a bit more privacy.”

 

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Southern Comfort Meets Los Angeles Chic

The decor for this restaurant is especially important, because it addresses two different themes: Los Angeles and the South.

 

Shaquille’s is right across the street from the Staples Center, and part of the Downtown L.A. Live complex. The area is frequented by NBA players, celebrities, and tons of basketball fans. It’s the ideal location for a huge sports star like Shaq!

 

This location means that his restaurant has to capture that Southern California, casual glam aesthetic. 

 

The other side, though, is the cuisine and atmosphere. The chefs serve up authentic and elevated Southern cooking. Menu options include comfort food classics like shrimp and grits, baked macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, and fried green tomatoes.

 

The designer had to create a space that felt comfortable, cozy, and welcoming – even amidst the hustle and bustle of LA.

Inside Shaq’s LA Restaurant

The inside of Shaquille’s boasts even more of our creations – fake Kentia palms, lillies, and potted plants. Assorted faux succulents add more lush greenery the walls and interior.

 

Other highlights include a celebrity seating area and a massive, Shaq-sized chair. Look for it when you’re there, because Shaq is known to stop by regularly! 

 

If you’re wondering what to eat, Shaquille’s has some can’t-miss signature dishes. His famous fried chicken, for example, is brined for 48 hours. Be sure to try the classic Shaq Burger, made with American cheese and signature Shaq sauce. There’s even a Kobe burger! It’s made with Kobe beef and named in homage to his former teammate, Kobe Bryant.

Next time you’re in Los Angeles, stop by Shaquille’s! You can enjoy delicious food, and check out what we’ve done there. We’d love to hear your thoughts! If you’re a restaurant owner or designer, contact us today for details on a custom creation for your next project. Email sales@treescapes.com or call 1-800-527-8884.

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All third party trademarks (including logos and icons) referenced by International TreeScapes, LLC (“TreeScapes”) and/or International PlantWorks, LLC (“PlantWorks”) remain the property of their respective owners. Unless specifically identified as such, TreeScapes/PlantWorks’ use of third party trademarks does not indicate any relationship, sponsorship, or endorsement between TreeScapes/PlantWorks and the owners of these trademarks. Any references by TreeScapes/PlantWorks to third party trademarks is to identify the corresponding third party goods and/or services and shall be considered nominative fair use under the trademark law.