Planted Design

Six Ways To Scrub Your Air

What’s better than the gift of clean air? Thanks to her unique skills in green building and regenerative design, Amanda Goldberg of Planted Design has the air quality thing down, so breathe easy. Learn more about her vertical gardens, also available for rent, and innovative ideas that combine beauty with healthier air, inside and out.

Amanda Goldberg of Planted Design works with Brandon Pruett of Living Green Design to transform an industrial building into a living facade.

Amanda Goldberg of Planted Design works with Brandon Pruett of Living Green Design to transform an industrial building into a living facade.

Did you know? 70% of the detoxing our bodies need is supplied by breathing (perspiration provides 20%). And yet, dangerous volatile organic compounds released by carpets, copiers, and most any synthetic item in our lives rob us of clean air daily!

“People often don’t think about the VOC gases given off by fresh paint, flooring, carpet and cleaning products,” says Amanda. “More people in a room also raise carbon dioxide levels. Too much CO2 makes us sleepy and causes headaches, nausea and sickness.”

With all those hazardous compounds and carbon dioxide hanging around, Amanda creates living walls that work hard to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and other toxins from the home and workplace. Thanks to photosynthesis, plants also replace toxins with vital oxygen

Amanda’s top plant picks for healthier indoor air

1. Pothos

1. Pothos

2. Orchids

2. Orchids

3. Philodendron

3. Philodendron

4. Snake plant

4. Snake plant

5. Spider plant

5. Spider plant

6. Peace lily

6. Peace lily

Amanda created her first vertical garden while working for Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, helping companies such as Aveda design products for a sustainable economy. Last March, she “took a leap” and started her own business bringing walls to life. She started with an 8x4-foot mobile vertical garden for the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA, then installed it in her client's office in Palo Alto, CA.

Pothos Vertical Garden for Go Raw by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design.

Pothos Vertical Garden for Go Raw by Amanda Goldberg Planted Design.

Now her creativity knows no bounds. With her unique custom portable gardens, Amanda is tapping into, and ramping up, the market for living wall rentals – weddings, conferences, photo booths and more. Because these gardens need backlighting, company logos and other special touches, Amanda turns to a whole community of artisans to bring out the best in her projects. As a ceramic artist and  industrial designer who created a “living desk” for her college thesis, perhaps it’s only natural. “I enjoy the collaborative spirit. It inspires and invigorates me," she says.

Partners in design: Amanda and Brandon Pruett from Living Green Design co-created this living wall in San Francisco’s Mission District, turning a sterile heat island into a thriving green oasis.

Florafelt Pro System filled with California Native Species by Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett in San Francisco on 14th Street between Mission and Folsom.

Florafelt Pro System filled with California Native Species by Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett in San Francisco on 14th Street between Mission and Folsom.

Urban Renewal volunteer root-wrapping team led by Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett.

Urban Renewal volunteer root-wrapping team led by Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett.

Amanda says she’s happy with the ease and flexibility of Plants On Walls‘ Florafelt system. “You can put plants in, then exchange them for a different aesthetic as your style changes."

How much is enough? For a 1,800 square foot house, a NASA study recommends 15 to 18 good-sized plants that clean the air and give off oxygen.

Living Facade Vertical Garden

Amanda Goldberg of Planted Design worked with Brandon Pruett to create a living facade near 14th and Folsom Street in the Mission District of San Francisco using the Florafelt Pro System.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

Brandon Pruett and Amanda Goldberg create a living facade for their client's industrial building near 14th and Folsom Street in San Francisco's Mission District.

This living facade is filled with drought tolerant California natives and contains thousands of plant starts.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

The freshly planted vertical garden is already busrting with life and beginning to fill in.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

Looking up from the street the industrial facade has been transformed into a lush countryside that offers a habitat for birds and bees.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

Brandon leads a team of volunteers to wrap the plants in felt diapers. The root-wrapped plants are set aside and then inserted into the Florafelt System.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

The rooftop was the perfect place to prepare the plants for the vertical garden.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

Amanda of Planted Design hired Brandon Pruett of Living Green Design to map out the irrigation system that includes copper drain trays that directs runoff to landscape below.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

Amanda Goldberg and Brandon Pruett worked together to create a dramatic design that includes a wide variety of color and interest highlighting California natives and drought tolerant species.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

First a wire gird is assembled then the Florafelt Grow Strips are woven into it. 

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

A scissor lift is used to place the root-wrapped plants according to the design grid.

Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett. Planted Design. Near 14th and Folsom St., San Francisco. Florafelt Pro System.

This completed living facade is a landmark installation that will not only transform the neighborhood but soften the urban experience for all.