MEET THE MASTERS: RO CO

London's interior planting studio duo

Here at The Joy of Plants, we're proud to present ‘Meet The Master’: a series of interviews with the experts of our Plant Design Masterclasses. These leaders in their field live and breathe the art of plant design.

Meet interior planting studio duo Ro Co. Friends Rose and Caro design plant installations and write books on green fingered living, under the name Ro Co. We talked to them about their love for plants and their understanding of the power of greenery.

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On paper and in practice

Together, Rose and Caro run an interior planting design and installation studio. Their mission is to help businesses and individuals improve their interior with creative, thoughtful greenery: plant design in a nutshell. Their accumulated knowledge and years of experience have produced two books on the subject, available in several languages.

From fashion to plants

This successful duo started out creating clothes yet, when it came, their decision to focus on plant design felt incredibly natural. “Caro and I met at Nottingham Trent University, where we were both studying Fashion Design," Rose explained to us. "The horticulture came later, and we taught ourselves through lots of practice and experimentation.”

The switch to plants came as a result of a shared interest in the impact of the surrounding environment on our mental health. “Houseplants have a big impact on how a person perceives their environment," Caro elaborated. "This encouraged us to incorporate more and more flora into our designs. Eventually, the plants took over our creations.”

Sources of inspiration

Ro Co have a creative, artistic approach to their plant design practice. Caro does a lot of digital research, but she says “I find that I feel most inspired when I’m working practically. Jobs that forced me to step out of my comfort zone and be physically engaged are when I concentrate best and feel invigorated — when I learn by doing instead of thinking.”

Rose takes more inspiration from plants in the wild, when travelling. “There they can do exactly what they want. Seeing how plants naturally live in layers and groups in their natural habitat gives me inspiration in my design process.”

If you're curious to discover Ro Co's plant design practice in full, you can watch their masterclass here.

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