Flora Tribeca NYC The space sways and flows like a breathing forest with an ever-changing floral drama. To begin this project we contemplated the spatial nature of floral art. No doubt that floral arrangement is a multi-dimensional art form to be appreciated like sculpture. But the essential ephemerality and fragility of this art form contrast with the desire for permanence fof conventional sculptures. So in the process of daily renewal of materials and seasonal transitions of psyche, the creative operations here solicit such cyclical, rejuvenating fluidity from the spatial context. The unique aspect of the existing 750 SF space is its clean and simple proportion with a ceiling that exceeds 14-feet in height. So the principal spatial element, a curving spine, was inspired to accentuate the verticality of the space and convey the energy of "growing". This curved spine, composed of some seventy floor-to-ceiling wood posts (pine 2x10 finished to 8" deep), sets the space in constant movement with slants and sways in various directions. It divides the space into guest area and work area without separating them. It obscures at some vantage points but becomes transparent at others. The eroding imprints of these 8" deep wood posts with textured charm create a pass-through and waves of sensual contours on the spine and articulate it as a breathing diaphragm. The spine also acts as the link between a display wall and the display window on the street front: two platforms that showcase Flora's artistic output. The display window at one end of the spine addresses the public with Flora's signature arrangement that is reinvented from time to time. The display wall at the other end, black foam wall panels punctuated with mirrored windows that support adjustable glass shelves, serves as an ever-changing stage for daily floral performances. A long Corrian counter weaves through the spine and the entire space is where all the creative work is executed. Peering through the gaps of the spine the display wall is a constant inspiration for floral works. Natural light filters through the spine screen and merges with the artificial lights, constantly transforming the space throughout the day. Jeff Chen, the creative mind behind FLORA, sees beauty in all parts of the floral materials and would utilize them fully - an anti-consumerist spirit in a field that constantly processes through perishable resources. Incorporated into the new design a number of products were reincarnated from the previous location, such as mini TV monitors, display light shelves, as well as presenting regular pine 2x10s to be the main finish material for the spine as a tribute to such respect for natural resources. Dark brown, black and white with a splash of fresh apple green complete the principal color scheme that complements the floral art.