Gen Y is embracing gardening, with growing plants and herbs indoors becoming a popular pastime for urban dwellers. Whether to boost wellbeing, bring a sense of calm to urban spaces or simply for its ease of maintenance, gardening is brushing off the soil of its previously stuffy image.
Justine Fox is a Creative Director and Colour Specialist who works closely with brands to develop their unique storytelling through colour. 'I absolutely love working in colour, its visual and visceral. Colour is an area of research that has developed enormously and its potential practical applications constantly excite me.' Justine's colour development consultancy Material Colour has a diverse global client base from accessories, art, automotive, branding, coatings, electronics, eyewear, flooring, foodservices, homeware and solid surfaces. New enterprise Calzada Fox is founded on the belief that colour is democratic and should be easily accessible for all. This belief manifests in the Untold Ideas project which aims to empower through education. She is a member of the Colour Group GB & advisory expert for NCS Global Colour Trend Program.
Jess Lewin is the Marketing Manager of Grace & Thorn. Drawing on the worlds of art and fashion rather than traditional florist designs, Grace & Thorn plays with unique combinations of textures and patterns so no two pieces are ever the same. An asymmetrical style, focus on foliage, wicked pots and DIY classes (Macrame, anyone?) has attracted a cult following across London. Grace & Thorn now has roots in Hackney and Brick Lane with clients all over the UK. Nik Southern founded Grace & Thorn in 2011. Opening her tiny floral studio onto East London’s busy Kingsland Road, her philosophy was simple: help people in the city live a greener life.
Emma White is a PhD candidate at the Environmental Psychology department of the University of Surrey. She specialises in understanding the perceptions of natural environments, and has written papers on the perceptions and preferences of green roofs, as well as sustainable lifestyles. Emma is also a garden design graduate of KLC School of Design at Hampton Court Palace, and has written for the Garden Design Journal, The English Garden, and Amateur Gardening.
Sabrina Faramarzi is a trend forecaster, futures researcher and journalist who’s obsessed with all things trend, innovation and design. When she’s not uncovering patterns across socio-cultural phenomena, she can be found at the latest electronic music night, swimming marathon lengths at her local pool, or worshipping cats on the internet.
While offices make teamwork easier, they can be seen as restrictive and unhealthy. To boost well-being, Amazon has built three biodomes in its headquarters. These vast, natural spaces aim to help employees de-stress by providing them with a break from the urban grind.
Between busy commutes, noise pollution and a lack of greenery, it’s no wonder that city-dwellers are 21% more likely to experience anxiety than country folk. Happy City is an initiative that advises decision makers on thinking that could lead to better urban planning – and happier urbanites.
New research suggests that Britain has a lost generation of gardeners. Boomers have neglected to teach their kids how to garden to due to work commitments, with urbanisation also playing its part, meaning that Gen Xers and Yers are left lacking green fingers and, subsequently, gorgeous gardens.
With Gen Yers squeezing into ever smaller spaces in cities, it may seem like an unlikely time for a gardening boom. But there’s a whole generation of well-heeled and house-proud urbanites looking to make the most of their outdoor areas, and London-based Patch is helping their gardens grow.