Inspired by Human Nature
& Grounded in the Visual Arts ©
Founded by Mac Carbonell, Verdant is a New York-based studio that maneuvers between the domains of design, horticulture, and the visual arts. Often working in collaboration with architectural firms, our studio principally engages in projects that strive to create uncommon experiences.
While our operational philosophy centers around the merging of the functional, structural, and vegetal, a desire for the unconventional spurs us to provoke new perceptions. We are driven by a detail-oriented practice of design and fabrication, and are passionate about getting to the aesthetic and technical heart of any project.
Verdant builds quality interpretations of classic gardens and makes daring new leaps into the uncharted territories of art & design. Our studio culture is shaped by Inquiry-based learning. As we expand our reach, we develop opportunities to explore avant-garde ideas through both conceptual and installation-scale works.
While there is a rich history of (re)arranging plants for the purpose of producing desirable environments, there is little evidence of this art-form evolving at the speed at which technology is advancing and at the rate at which entire generations and societies are being displaced from wilderness, and the wild experiences that make us human.
As we move forward in space, on trajectories which hinge upon collective action, there is an urgency to redefine the agency of design. In a period marked by homogenization of culture and a devastation of wilderness, we see what we do as being much more than creating a sense of satisfaction that comes with bringing nature into the home–it’s an opportunity to challenge assumptions regarding the long-term environmental and social effects of our everyday sensory experiences.