“Robin’s intuitive understanding of our aesthetic, design and tastes has made him an invaluable consultant for Busaba Eathai. His attention to detail and genuine love for his work has ensured beautiful and exciting results at all of our branches. We look forward to a long and inspiring relationship with Robin.”
Leila Botham, Business Development Manager, Busaba Eathai
Robin McAfee Garden Design has a proven track record of working with high-end restaurants and successful chains to enhance their environment with plants. Robin McAfee can offer a personal appointment to establish the unique requirements of the business and brainstorm some initial ideas. A proposal of ideas will then be sent to the client. If the ideas appeal a full design proposal and installation costs can be formulated. Scientific studies have demonstrated that using plants in the business environment has a number of benefits:
Plants make restaurant and retail environments look more luxurious. A study on retail environments by Professors Mattila and Wirtz in 2002 noted that when we shop in areas with plants we visit more frequently, stay longer, rate the quality of the products 30% higher and are willing to pay up to 12% more for those products. Plants add atmosphere, inspiration and value to a brand.
Plants improve our health in two ways. In the daytime they absorb carbon dioxide and provide us with fresh oxygen. They also clean our air through the process of transpiration. A study by NASA has shown that “Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.”
Plants reduce stress and enhance productivity. A study by Dr. Virginia Lohr of Washington State University concluded that “97% of employees felt healthier and better motivated when working in areas with plants.”
Plants inspire creativity and innovation. A study by the University of Exeter in 2013, concluded that allowing staff to make design decisions in a workspace enhanced with office plants can increase creativity by 45% and boost productivity by 38%.