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These five living furniture projects take garden furniture to a whole new level. Not just pieces that occupy a garden, these creations include living plants.
Pooktre Chair by Peter Cook
Imagine relaxing in a chair that is also a tree rooted in the ground. That’s what Peter Cook did with his Pooktree Chair. Cook gently shaped the branches of his tree over seven or eight years until it formed a living chair.
Cook incorporates trees into the human environment as functional pieces of furniture and art. Like the living tree that it is the Pooktree Chair has a slight swaying and bending motion.
What’s pooktree? It’s the process Cook uses to shape trees. The gradual shaping process is anything but random. Cook has a pre-determined design plan that he patiently follows.
Vege-Table by Judy Hopsack
Want to grow an edible garden indoors, but don’t have the space to devote to ugly fluorescent tubes? Judy Hoysak’s Vege-Table may be just the thing for you.
Hoysak’s take on living furniture combines a lettuce garden with a table. A beautiful handcrafted wood planter box has a fitted liner you can fill with planting medium. It’s even self- watering to take the guesswork out of raising your lettuce. And of course, lights.
Posts rise above the planter to support a rectangular piece of clear glass. Is it a table? Is it a planter? It’s both, and it’s all very clever and attractive.
Source: Apartment Therapy
Living Garden Furniture by Bridgman
As designers and manufacturers of fine furniture for over half a century, Bridgman is no stranger to innovation. With its living chair Bridgman transforms an old rattan chair that’s seen better days into a triumph of pansies. Ever practical, the company gives the chair a sturdy grass seat should you want to take a rest. And with clear step-by-step instructions anyone can make their own living chair.
DIY Grass Armchair
If you love to sit on the lawn the Terra Grass Chair will elevate your luxury to the next level. Whether you use a pre-fabricated cardboard frame or an old chair frame, all you do is cover it with soil, sow grass seed, and water it regularly.
It may look like a strange mound on the lawn, but when you sit yourself in it you’ll appreciate the cleverly simple adaptation.
Source: Terra Grass Chair
Mobilier a Jardiniere by 5.5 Designers
Mobilier a Jardiniere is an outdoor furniture line that builds planters into the backs of benches and chairs for the garden. The collection features contemporary style furnishings with clean, simple lines.
A typical rectangular bench has a low elongated oval back that serves as the planter, or jardinière. The tightly clipped foliage—perhaps privet or boxwood—gives the appearance of a hedge in a well-maintained garden.
Source: Moco Loco