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The Best Of: The Modern Sybarite – City Gardens by Paula Hayes

Back in the winter of 2010, I happen to be at The MoMA marveling at an installation by New York-based artist and landscape designer Paula Hayes.  She had installed a biomorphic-shaped container on one of the walls in the entrance hallway of the Museum and carefully filled it with amazing, tiny, tropical plants and ferns.  It was wonderful!  At the time I remember thinking how fabulous it was to be in the dead of a New York winter and be able to enjoy art and greenery in the indoors.

Since then, her name has appeared on my radar a number of times.  For one, she has become the “gardenista” du jour of the art world, creating private city oases “in the sky” for a number of high profile clients like art dealer Marianne Boesky and architect Rafael Viñoly.  For those without an outdoor space – like me – she creates, with the meticulous eye of a Zen gardener, equally artistic terrariums (top and bottom images) encouraging their owners to tend to these Lilliputian environments as they would a larger garden. 

I LOVE these terrariums because they combine a beautiful, yet inanimate, artistic hand-blown glass vessel with the animate art of nature … and for an art and nature lover like myself little could be better!

image credits: via Paula Hayes; (from top to bottom) Moongem terrarium | photograph by Eva Heyd; private interior garden | photograph by Béatrice de Géa; private penthouse garden | photograph by Béatrice de Géa; Peanut terrarium | photograph by Sherry Griffin.

The Modern Sybarite

Interior Designer, art advisor and blogger, Richard Rabel brings fresh perspectives on art + design for today’s interior in his blog TheModernSybarite.

Based in New York City, Richard is consistently asked by his clients for advice on art, design and decoration and ultimately provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle based on his rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods.

A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist with Christie’s, the London-based global auction house, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic.
The Modern Sybarite

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for having me!

  • alan hartman

    I saw these at Moma and also fell in love with them!  I love that they can fit into any home, large or small, and bring life to a space.  Look forward to reading more from you! 

  • http://www.modenus.com Veronika Miller

     The pleasure is entirely ours!

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