Plant Design masterclass: creating a room of wonder

By Plant Design masters Florian Seyd and Ueli Signer
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Together, plant designers Florian Seyd and Ueli Signer form 'the Wunderkammer'. This German duo is happy to give you an insight into the wonderful world of their greatest passion: the room of wonder. In the masterclass below, you will discover what a room of wonder is and how to make one yourself. You will learn to look at plants differently and discover how plants can take you on a journey. Read on, watch the masterclass and get inspired!

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what is a room of wonder?

Rooms of wonder have been around since the end of the 13th century. They are traditionally a place where objects found in nature are collected and displayed. Florian and Ueli give the wonder room a modern and green twist by combining the objects with plants. They incorporate their wonder rooms into still lifes and interior designs.  


Plants bring a feeling with them, a natural feeling with a kind of primal force that only plants have. They can also take you on a journey. "When I see palms I think of a beautiful sandy beach, and a cactus makes me think of the desert. Tropical orchids, anthuriums and ferns make me think of the jungle," says Florian. So you can create an atmosphere with plants just as much as with objects. And that is exactly what the Plant Designers love about a room of wonder.  


The positioning of plants is also important. Do you position a plant on a surface or hang it up? Does it need a lot of light, or a little? "Nature is the artist and we are only her assistants. The trick is to create an exciting dialogue between plants and objects. Think for example of the combination of an amethyst (a purple-coloured gemstone) with a purple-coloured plant," Ueli says.  

Create a room of wonder yourself

Creating a room of wonder doesn't have to be difficult! In their masterclass, the Plant Designers explain step-by-step how to create a room of wonder yourself.

Step 1
Choose a place in your home where your collection of plants and objects will stand out. 

Step 2
Make sure you have a table or other item on which you can create your wonder room. 

Step 3
Determine the atmosphere you want to create and choose your plants accordingly. Play with plants of different sizes and shapes to create a beautiful whole. 

Step 4
Complete the room of wonder with the objects you have collected. 

Step 5
Enjoy your room of wonder. And discover the effect on your mood and interior!  


Can't get enough of this wonderful world? Check out how to make a mini room of wonder yourself, read all about Plant Design, or be amazed by Plant Designer Alexis Tricoire's masterclass on working with plants at heights. Share your green creations with us on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtags #thejoyofplants and #plantdesign.

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