What is Macramé and why is it popular

What is Macramé

Macramé is a knotting art, a mix between knitting and hitching knots… It’s made a great comeback this summer, and ever since you can find all types of « Macramed » items: from hats to chairs, wall macramé and bags, macramé is everywhere. It brings a touch of seventies into the home (or the garden), and creates the bohemian and gypsy atmosphere citadin souls lust for.

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Why is this a trend

Flats are usually furnished from top to bottom and leave no space for additional, seasonal items. Living rooms full of books, chairs and tables are never big enough and closets are already full of bags and clothes. Sorting out and giving away sounds sexier than buying new stuff. Nonetheless, one place that is always quite bland and untouched is ceilings. We know they’re there but we never give them attention… And that’s a bad move, a very bad move! Firstly, because ceiling lamps are a must-do in home decoration ( chandeliers anyone?) and secondly, because a starry ceiling wallpaper is a dream come true. Still, a great alternative to thousands of dollars ceiling pieces is plant hangers. They bring the garden into the home, and a few curated macramé hangers in a corner of the room can create a soothing modern home without taking floor space. I believe that is why Macramé is having a great come-back: the knotting nature of the art is perfect for all sorts of things , and specially for it’s hanging purposes.  You will notice that when you type Macramé in Google, the first images are macramé murals: plant-hangers or wall decorations.

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This new trend has particularly seen a rise in the plant-hanging section. Let’s admit that we’ve all dreamed of living in a jungle or a forest, and when we buy plants and flowers some part of us wishes we could live surrounded by nature’s beauty everyday. Despite that nature is slowly and sadly becoming a luxury too few of us can afford ( talking about that dream hut in the mountains or by a lake), we can still fulfill our needs of greenery through house plants and terrariums. I personally believe that a house without plants or animals is quite similar to a house without books…

The Terrarium phenomenon

A few months ago I noticed a serious concentration of DIY tutorials for all sorts of things : the gift season was approaching and bloggers were getting out their best articles. Terrariums have been around for a while, but they’ve been revamped by the DIY phenomenon. I recklessly tried to do one myself, following every step of the tutorial, and successfully failed : my plant died within weeks and I had a bunch of larvae all over the flat. Not trying that again. So, when I saw Terraroom  was selling fancy creations at the Carouge Christmas market this winter, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been wanting one for so long, I begged my partner to give into my latest whim. Fortunately enough, he’s a total decoration fan and we concluded a deal: a Terrarium for me and a glassed insect for him ( I find insects kind of gross but that’s how our deals go…)

 

Except the fact that I know have to live with a creepy moth in the house, I finally have my Terrarium! It’s practicality is undeniable: you only have to water it every 3 months, and it doesn’t need direct sunlight because the glass would act like a magnifying lens and burn the plants… I’ve also always been into local entrepreneurs and craftsmanship, and Terraroom was founded by a friendly young woman named Aurore, who wanted to create delicate living pieces that mix her sensibility to botanic and art. She creates them in different shapes and sizes, and in each creation she adds a little touch of humour: a human or a little animal complete the tiny ecosystem that lives in these glassed universes.

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I believe Terrariums to be a great great idea for plant-hangers. Instead of placing pots into your Macramé deco, why not place a Bonbonnière or Bottled Terrarium?

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In Geneva, Terrarooms can be found at the Enfants Terribles Shop ( and the glassed insects as well!)  or at local market fairs. Aurore seems to tour around switzerland, and in places like Vevey, Lausanne and Neuchâtel you can find her creations in physical stores.

Any floral or green concept stores you’ve heard about? Let me know!

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