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A Symbiosis Between Vegetation and Furnishings

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June 9, 2022 by Robin Plaskoff Horton

colonaie symbiotic plant furniture and vases

Designer Gionato Gatto’s assortment, Coloniae, is a sequence of objects designed like dwellings inside a colony, their buildings conceived to work together symbiotically with vegetation. 

The objects are in all probability finest suited to air vegetation (Tillandsia) as they don’t seem to comprise vessels for both soil or water, however the thought is noteworthy.

colonaie plant table

A set of variously formed vases and a desk, Colonaie hosts the vegetation, permitting the plant roots and leaves to intertwine themselves with the help construction to change into a single full unit. The desk is paying homage to French designer Frédéric Malphettes’s Floor which does double obligation as each an indoor-outdoor modular desk system and a planter, or Norwegian designer Philipp von Hase’s seed formed “Plantable” a  desk with an built-in planter.

Unveiled at Milan Design Week 2022, Colonaie is a part of the design collective JCP Universe’s Different Lifeforms sequence, whose idea is to create artifacts that “change into life types of a system that creates relationships between its creators, customers and the atmosphere itself.”

Like Hong Kong designer Francois Hurtaud’s mixture aquaponic planter system and lightweight fixture, a contemporary piece of indoor furnishings, the Colonaie items aren’t merely containers for vegetation however quite objects that exist symbiotically with them.

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Two vase designs, Munzo and Loum, and a small facet desk are made from perforated aluminum sheets with matt copper, matt bronze, or matt silver ending. The designs are made to order on JCP Universe’s website.

Images by way of JCP Universe.

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