How Leaflike Grew from a Dream to a Biophilic Leader

Steve Abernethie

Leaflike isn’t your average biophilic design company. Our journey traces back to 1999 when Steve Abernethie propelled the family business from refitting commercial spaces to the forefront of transforming hotels, offices, and any large space through biophilia and sensory experiences.

From Humble Beginnings to Iconic Projects

Steve’s first sales meeting happened the day his son Liam was born, leading to our first order. It wasn’t a big order, but it was special. Perhaps it was the shared joy of new beginnings, but it solidified our belief in the power of genuine connections that go beyond transactions and touch the heart.

“At Leaflike, we’re more than just bringing the outdoors in; we’re fostering a love of life through biophilia,” explains Steve Abernethie, CEO and Founder. “It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about creating sensory experiences that resonate on a deeper level.”

Since that first order, Leaflike has flourished. We’ve had the privilege of tackling iconic projects that showcase our creativity and attention to detail. Imagine The Waldorf Hotel with topiary replicas of the traditional door attendants’ bowler hats (a touch we also brought to The Grand, York, but with top hats).

At a prestigious Mayfair hotel, we transformed a rooftop terrace with a meticulously detailed Astroturf, creating the illusion of a freshly mowed lawn.

Beyond these signature projects, our journey has been marked by product innovation, recognition as the only biophilic company with an EcoVadis Gold Sustainability rating, and achievements like Construction Line Gold certification, unlocking collaboration on significant construction projects. Leaflike is embarking on an exciting project featuring over 200 meters of green walling for a new university focused on holistic well-being.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

But our story isn’t just about iconic projects. It’s about innovation, too. When the late 2000s brought economic challenges, Leaflike responded with a new product – Everleaf, a revolutionary line of preserved foliage and floristry. This sustainable solution offered luxury hotels a cost-effective alternative to fresh flowers without sacrificing beauty or authenticity. Everleaf was a game-changer and remains a cornerstone of our offerings today.

Here’s what sets Leaflike apart:

  • BEYOND TRANSACTIONS, BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: At Leaflike, we’re consultants as much as service providers. We guide you through the entire process, from concept to installation and maintenance, ensuring complete satisfaction.
  • ADAPTABILITY IS OUR STRENGTH: We continuously innovate and adapt to evolving trends. By embracing technology and 25 years of horticultural expertise, we remain at the forefront of the industry, delivering reimagined spaces, exceptional service, and delighted clients.
  • ROOTED IN FAMILY, GROUNDED IN NATURE: Leaflike isn’t just a business; it’s a family tradition born out of our passion for nature and design. This heritage fosters a collaborative and supportive work environment where our shared values drive us forward.
  • A VISION INSPIRED IN NATURE: We aspire to be world-class landscapers, undertaking significant projects while delivering exceptional service. Our mission is to unite humanity and nature through innovative design and sustainable practices. 

Your Space. Reimagined.  

At Leaflike, we don’t just design spaces; we create experiences. We believe in the power of nature to transform your environment, fostering well-being, creativity, and a sense of connection. Let us create a space that reflects your brand and connects with customers and staff.

Contact Leaflike today – we’d love to discuss your vision and bring it to life.

08000 282 888