Ty Fujimura faced a challenge familiar to many of our clients. How do you bring life to a dark space? Only in Fujimura’s case, that darkness was more about intentional ambiance than a lack of lighting. Fujimura is the owner of Entente, a Michelin starred restaurant that recently relocated to River North.

Fujimura originally wanted to feature live plants in small containers or a moss wall on Entente’s bar shelves, but because of the bar’s subtle lighting Phillip’s design team suggested that he consider artificial plants. Artificial plants are often an excellent choice for areas with low lighting, and today’s artificial plants offer such realistic color, variegation, and texture that they are often hard to distinguish from live plants. We ultimately proposed petite succulent type plants to work within the 12” of available space on the shelves behind Entente’s bar. We also specified artificial hanging plants that would connect and bridge the shelves.

Rather than devote a chunk of the client’s budget to new containers, we suggested repurposing some gently used containers and covering them with artificial moss. We think the results are stunning, and so does the client! And Fujimura tells us the plants appear so lifelike that some patrons have asked for care tips so they can keep their own plants looking as good as Entente’s!

Want to see a photo of the finished project? Check out Phil Vettel’s article in the Chicago Tribune. http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=f4c6f505-a1e4-4ad7-9f6c-ca940d28c938






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