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Live Green with Living Furniture

You’ve always wanted plants in the living room but don’t know how to incorporate them into your décor? Try living furniture, which may be the next frontier in ultra-eco-friendly design? Living furniture oxygenates the air, provides a punch of green and acts as a natural accent in interior and exterior spaces.

Research has shown that vegetation can purify the air, improve productivity, and create natural insulation. Isn’t it time to bring home a brand new piece of living furniture?

American industrial designer Judy Hoysak has come out with a range of vegetable furniture. Her Bean Screen is a room divider that grows beans. The wood frame is ready made and self-watering, complete with florescent plant grow lights. The Vege Table is a coffee table/self-watering planter equipped with lights that can grow lettuce in your living room. Hoysak uses existing “negative space opportunities within the home to minimise the footprint of these products”.


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5.5 Designers have their ‘Mobilier a jardiner’, an outdoor furniture collection that incorporates planters into the backs of chairs and benches. Interesting, for sure!

Contemporary Swedish furniture manufacturer Offecct has developed a collection of tables, pedestals, and, sofas — for your indoor plants. The wide range of furniture incorporates actively growing moss, grass, vines, mushrooms and even crystals.

Scott Franklin and Miao Miao, the principals of NONdesigns, have prototyped the Topo Table, a series of Corian tables with built-in, reconfigurable landscapes. Moulded plastic inserts drop into the table to create functional topographies that make a home for any kind of plants – succulents, herbs or others.

In India, young designer Himika Lakhanpuria won the A’ Design Award for her Hedge Chair, a transparent chair that incorporates greenery. She visualised transparent seating with bushes growing underneath so as to give the user a thrilling experience of “sitting on the H-edge.


Clearly, as spaces shrink, combining furniture and plants is the way to go!

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