Conservatory archieves

More people than ever live in cities and the pressure of urban living doesn’t seem to decrease any time soon. Despite the less positive consequences of living in smaller spaces and increasingly higher cost for living, there are also positive movements emerging from this change. The ‘Nature inspired home’ trend seem to be everywhere at the moment and we don’t seem to get enough of reconnecting with nature in our urban space.

We see examples of this from the Urban jungle bloggers inspiring to ‘pool parties’ (putting your plants in the tub and giving them a shower). I’ve noticed communities and local neighbourhoods coming together to do gardening together such as Dalston Eastern Curve garden. Asif Khan, British architect, gave the Londoners’ a simple and achievable idea of breathing spaces amongst the concrete of East London with his installation Mini living in London design week this year.

My feeling is that we’re just in the beginning of seeing concept shops that specialise in a botanical life style, like the Conservatory Archives in Hackney. Beautiful shop, definitely worth a visit in itself and an example of the times we live in.

Walking into dream land. 

unnamed-3More is more, is definitely the way to go about decorating with plants. 

unnamed-6Rough and unpolished walls together with plants create a nice contrast and is quite quintessential for an urban botanical style. 

unnamed-2Trend section of the shop – cactus, succulents…

unnamed-1..and of course I couldn’t leave without getting a couple of new editions to my house plant family. 

Conservatory Archives
493-495 Hackney Road
London E2 9ED

  • Meera S N Shah

    Love it! Definitely want to go for a visit! What a lovely post x

    • Melia Malmquist

      Thanks Meera! Hopefully it will be open next time so you can have a look inside. They have a nice collection of more unusual plants. X