Greenterior: Plant-loving creatives and their homes
For their first book – Greenterior: Plant-loving creatives and their homes – creative duo Coffeeklatch (journalist Magali Elali and photographer Bart Kiggen) traveled from Antwerp to New York in search of inspiring stories. They visited the homes of 18 creatives with interiors ranging from minimal to baroque, but with one thing in common: lots and lots of plants.
Having visited dozens of creatives’ homes for their highly successful blog Coffeeklatch, Magali and Bart often received plant cuttings from interviewees. These cuttings grew into some of the beautiful large plants that fill their ‘urban jungle’ home and studio. They became increasingly interested in greenery and in sharing this love and knowledge; among others in their weekly plant column for De Morgen Magazine.
Greenterior takes it to the next level and features the interiors of painter Piet Raemdonck, fashion designer Christian Wijnants, furniture designers Muller Van Severen, photographer Martyn Thompson, and many others. It doesn’t only provide a unique look into the homes of these talented creatives, but also tells the stories of where their fondness for green comes from. It is about sharing botanical content and reconnecting with nature – to this end the book contains a handy index that lists the featured plants along with how to care for them. One of my personal favourites: the Ficus elastica or rubber tree!
Greenterior is published in English and Dutch by Antwerp-based publisher Luster. The cover is made with a soft Pistachio Wibalin paper with matte black foil and matte four-colour tipped-in photograph.
The interior photography and art direction is by Bart Kiggen (Coffeeklatch).