Desks need not be the drab workspaces they usually are, if some greenery is added to lift one's spirits. While one could plop down a potted plant and call it a day, polyvalent Swedish designer Love Hultén instead integrates a whole mini-ecosystem, complete with all the gardening doo-dads: a water-tank, mister, two fans, a growth substrate made from recycled plastic and a digital timer.
Seen over at Design Milk, The Senescent Desk's concept is simple: creating relational and sensory overlaps between user and garden. I particularly like how the library-style light source serves both the user and the plants.
In addition, the design encourages the biodegradable nature of the artifact itself -- the desk's wood is intentionally left untreated, so that in the future, the plants will alter and eventually overtake it.
I love the fact that the aesthetic is a little reminiscent of a schoolhouse desk, unpretentious and even educational in a way -- featuring little touches like the exposed rock above (a natural stress ball perhaps?).
The whole set-up is designed to be low-maintenance, yet also functional -- a lovely, hassle-free way to incorporate plants into one's everyday work schedule. See more of Love Hultén's work here.