#12 Green SanctuaryTrendstory

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Stills: Myriam Balay

The T-Rex  
of plants

Gigantic and indestructible our beloved staghorn has survived the green dino-age effortlessly. It provides safety, protecting your private green sanctuary with their strong green fingers________.

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Image 1: Photographer: Imke Panhuijzen, Photography assistent: Juul Timmermans, Art director: Daphne Westland, Stylist: Angela Kuperus, Styling assistent: Sasha Hoebergen, Make-up & Hair: Pascale Hoogstraate @EE Agency, Model: Roxane @Elvis Models, Raincoat: Rayns, Bomberjack: Dennis Schreuder, Heels: Feragio, Socks: Mango, Plant: Raadschelders Varens, Image 3: Myriam Balaÿ. Image 4: @satiesan.

The exotic Platycerium, or staghorn fern, has always aroused great curiosity because of its unusual shape and elephantlike texture. That’s why many ancient cultures regarded this striking Australian plant and its natural life as sacred. According to English traditions the H and L form of the staghornleaf symbolically refers to the H of Holy, and the L of the Lord. Used as doorknocker man even believed to be protected against evil. Talked to, and with a little imagination, the staghorn can also be compared with a reliable priest taking your confession. Its always there when you need it, and listens without judgement. With its strong and firm elephant skin, it is not easily impressed. Not by extreme conditions nor brutal confessions.

Green fingers

As survivors of the green sanctuary of the age of dinosaurs, you can call the staghorn the T-Rex of plants. This indestructible fern has definitely stood the test of time, and its gigantic dino-leaves can get really big, even to a length of a huge five (!) metres. Some botanist believe that staghorns are a transition between ancient and modern ferns. Their beautifully shaped brown fronds cling snugly to a piece of bark or wood; whilst their characteristic much divided greyish green leaves tickle your imagination. It is like they resemble the antlers of a sacred deer or huge hugging green fingers covered with a supersoft layer of feltlike white greyish green.

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Image 1: Source unknown. Image 2: Photographer: Imke Panhuijzen, Photographer: assistent Juul Timmermans, Art director: Daphne Westland, Stylist: Angela Kuperus, Stylist assistent: Sasha Hoebergen, Make up & Hair: Pascale Hoogstraate @EE Agency, Model: Roxane @ Elvis Models, Cap: Schoon de Boer, Shawl: Englisch Heather, Body: Trinhbeks, Suit: Merrit Cook, Loafers Asos, Plant: Raadschelders varens.

WHEN A TREE IS STRONG ENOUGH TO GIVE LIFE A SECOND CHANCE_______. #STAGHORN

Green fingers

As survivors of the green sanctuary of the age of dinosaurs, you can call the staghorn the T-Rex of plants. This indestructible fern has definitely stood the test of time, and its gigantic dino-leaves can get really big, even to a length of a huge five (!) metres. Some botanist believe that staghorns are a transition between ancient and modern ferns. Their beautifully shaped brown fronds cling snugly to a piece of bark or wood; whilst their characteristic much divided greyish green leaves tickle your imagination. It is like they resemble the antlers of a sacred deer or huge hugging green fingers covered with a supersoft layer of feltlike white greyish green.

Life sustaining

The wise staghorn already knew for centuries what man only recently discovered; the Japanese call it Shinrin-Yoku; science that proves that hugging trees and filling your home with plants gives your health and happiness a boost and provides a sense of calm. There is a spiritual call in everything and Shinrin-Yoku is definitely the way to reconnect with nature. The ‘magic’ behind forest bathing boils down to the naturally produced chemic substances which are kind of like pheromones. When exposed to these chemicals it lowers our blood pressure, relieves stress and it’s said that it boosts the growth of cancer fighting white blood cells.

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Image 1: Photographer: Imke Panhuijzen, Photographer assistent: Juul Timmermans, Art director: Daphne Westland, Stylist: Angela Kuperus, Stylist assistent: Sasha Hoebergen, Make up & Hair: Pascale Hoogstraate @EE Agency, Model: Roxane @Elvis Models, Jacket: Arket Schoon den Boer, Col: Frenken, Plant: Raadschelders varens. Image 2: Myriam Balay. Image 3: see team credits image 1. Image 4: @satiesan.

Life sustaining

The wise staghorn already knew for centuries what man only recently discovered; the Japanese call it Shinrin-Yoku; science that proves that hugging trees and filling your home with plants gives your health and happiness a boost and provides a sense of calm. There is a spiritual call in everything and Shinrin-Yoku is definitely the way to reconnect with nature. The ‘magic’ behind forest bathing boils down to the naturally produced chemic substances which are kind of like pheromones. When exposed to these chemicals it lowers our blood pressure, relieves stress and it’s said that it boosts the growth of cancer fighting white blood cells.

Staghorn silhouette

The characteristic feature of this robust evergreen also gives an instant green boost to your interior, and is best used hanging - so it fits perfectly into the interior-trend of hanging plants. As seen in Milan during designweek it matches perfectly with the new kidneylike shapes and forms seen in interior decorating, and the new erratic curves and macramé-elements resemble the inspiring staghorn leaves. And in fashion all waverly silhouettes, ruffled wrap dresses and long sleeve- & skirt lengths refer to its erratic shapes.

The T-Rex of plants

Furthermore our lovely staghorn is also an easy and modest plant. Nearly no maintenance is required, a bit of occasionally watering is enough to keep it alive and happy. This amazing plant can be your friend for a lifetime, very old copies are found, some more than 40 years old and it goes back to the Mesozoic era (the Jurassic period). Also, there are 18 different types of staghorns known, all strikingly beautiful. The plant even looks strong and ancient with its leathery elephantlike texture. Growing as epiphytes on trees - or, in cultivation, to a wire basket or wooden block - they are ideal decorative green eyecatchers to give your home the feel of a green sanctuary without much effort. Let’s embrace our Jurassic staghorn with love. Because – as trend forecaster Lideweij Edelkoort put it bold and frankly during her last lecture - “There is no planet-B”.

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Image 1: @satiesan, Image 2: Photographer: Imke Panhuijzen, Photographer assistent: Juul Timmermans, Art director: Daphne Westland, Stylist: Angela Kuperus, Stylist assistent: Sasha Hoebergen, Make-up & Hair: Pascale Hoogstraate @EE Agency, Model: Roxane @ Elvis Models, Raincoat: Rains, Plant: Raadschelders varens.

The T-Rex of plants

Furthermore our lovely staghorn is also an easy and modest plant. Nearly no maintenance is required, a bit of occasionally watering is enough to keep it alive and happy. This amazing plant can be your friend for a lifetime, very old copies are found, some more than 40 years old and it goes back to the Mesozoic era (the Jurassic period). Also, there are 18 different types of staghorns known, all strikingly beautiful. The plant even looks strong and ancient with its leathery elephantlike texture. Growing as epiphytes on trees - or, in cultivation, to a wire basket or wooden block - they are ideal decorative green eyecatchers to give your home the feel of a green sanctuary without much effort. Let’s embrace our Jurassic staghorn with love. Because – as trend forecaster Lideweij Edelkoort put it bold and frankly during her last lecture - “There is no planet-B”.

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Rosanne Loffeld