We've talked before about how design can encourage biophilia ("love of nature"), and in particular, nothing tickles us more than seeing functional furniture that is fused with gardening. London-based JiB design studio, founded by Je-Uk Kim, is launching a lovely pair of green-thumb minded pieces intended to satisfy needs for storage and growing things.
Handcrafted locally in a London workshop out of naturally-finished and white-lacquered oak, the above-pictured "Credenza O" is designed to store objects, but also has a sunken space in the back for plant pots (pictured are ceramic pots created by ceramicist Sun Kim), which can be used as extra storage, for plants, or for "pure decoration," says the designer:
Credenza O is experienced differently from varying viewpoints. A standing person may read the circular ceramic modules as a pattern. However, for a child, or a seated person, the aperture in the front elevation allows a different view of the ceramic vessels, and the eye is drawn into the void that they occupy.
One can imagine the piece sitting under a sunny window, with various herbs sprouting out of the pots -- like windowfarms, mini-greenhouse pendant lamps and "parasite farms," it's a potentially convenient way to increase food productivity for people with small spaces.
"Console O" demonstrates the same principles, but on a smaller scale, and with pots that have lids on them.
A subtle and clever way to fuse furniture with indoor gardening; more over at JiB design studio.