Pantone x Airbnb Collaborate to Create the 'Outside In' House
Last week Magnus and I found ourselves in foggy London town (we never get bored of Anchorman references) as we'd been invited to a secret location to partake in an event called Tai Chi and Tea as part of Airbnb's new 'experiences' feature.
The 'secret location' turned out to be quite an extraordinary adventure in itself; the 'Outside In' house - a collaborative project between Pantone and Airbnb to turn a home in Clerkenwell into a 15-0343 Greenery-inspired wonderland and a reaffirming notion that we definitely haven't gone too far with the plants in our own home. Well not quite yet anyway.
Behind the bright green door was the scent of Pine, a comforting darkness and a path leading the way through the mossy floor. A short tour of the house revealed a well-stocked kitchen, a vertical hydroponic herb-garden and a bathtub amongst a (plastic) tropical paradise. And of course there was the bed on the lawn (again, plastic.)
Our Tai Chi and Tea experience began in our favourite area; the 'very rickety greenhouse' and to our delight the vast majority of the plants were 100% real. Keith from Playful Dragons guided our group of 6 or so through a Chinese tea ceremony, explained a little of his background and reasoning for using Tai Chi and Qi Gong as tools to combat the stresses of everyday life.
We left our shoes in the greenhouse and headed to the indoor lawn (I know, it sounds ridiculous but somehow it really wasn't) to try out some standing Qi Gong exercises, under Keith's guidance. The next 30 minutes were spent eyes-closed and focused on our own lung capacity, with a jungle soundtrack echoing in our ears.
Now we both find it difficult to relax. Or more accurately, I think that we relax by doing; we're not really a lie-on-a-beach kind of couple (although we'd like to try - especially in Bali, which is high up on our 'can we go there please?' list) and I guess that's because our work and play tumble into one. I admit that I felt a little conscious of being in a room full of strangers and I don't think I'm the most gifted when it comes to physical coordination (put me on figure skates* and I'll wow you with jumps and spins but for some reason it never translates into the world out here.)
BUT, there is something to be said for putting our phones/cameras/shoes to one side and just breathing. Maybe we're not quite ready for full-blown Tai Chi routines or long periods of meditation but I think we both realised that we should make time to stop every now and again and now we've tried it we'd recommend it to anyone.
We'd like to thank Airbnb for inviting us to try their new Experiences feature.
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* Figure skating is my party trick (that only really comes in handy if we're partying in an ice rink.)