A touch of green

A touch of green

Just one accent can define a space. Consider the garnish on a cocktail: a crisp mint leaf atop a mojito, or the lush green sprigs crowning a gin-tarragon sour (Yes. Go make one. We’ll wait).  One leaf, perfectly placed, brings out the verdant life of a previously ordinary space.

Our Monstera leaf, made exclusively from German merino wool felt, is that kind of accent. It is elemental and timeless, a verdant piece that lends life to understated spaces in the office or home. We chose the monstera leaf deliberately, (from our own plant here in the office) knowing that the 11-point frond would breathe life into otherwise dull spaces.

Just like the leaf itself, The felt for our Monstera leaf is chosen for its natural water resistance and its strong, saturated colors. Use the leaf it as a centerpiece accent on a coffee table. Use it in your office workspace, as a burst of green to fight a dull jungle of chargers, cords, and documents. Use it on a sparse dining room table–or to add depth to a blank wall or mantle space.

Of all the leaves we could have chosen at Graf  Lantz, the monstera was distinguished in its singular beauty. Yes, our design team could have taken the stately oak leaf (a symbol of strength and nobility), the birch (representing rebirth and renewal). The bay laurel is a symbol of victory and holds a special place in Olympic history. The fig leaf—whether depicted in Roman sculpture or the Garden of Eden—also… holds a special place.

A leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

–Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass.


But the monstera leaf is a mystery, and travels under many names. It comes from the Monstera deliciosa plant, or ‘delicious monster.’ Growing in coastal areas of Colombia, Peru, and Mexico, it bears a strong, sweet fruit that carries notes of pineapple. Depending on regional custom, M. Deliciosa is also called locust and wild honey, window-leaf, balazo, and Mexican breadfruit.

It also flowers in Europe, where each host country calls this traveler by a different name. In Spain: costilla de Adán, the rib of Adam. In France: plante gruyere, a reference to the holes in gruyere cheese.  But our favorite name comes from Sicily, and the rocky shores of Palermo: zampa di leone. The lion’s paw.

So. Make it lush. Make it live. Friends and strangers alike will take notice.  How interesting, they will remark; I never noticed, but you have an accent.

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