Please Take a Seat ... On the Terrarium

Images: Fiore Arcangelo.

To be clear the Ecoo Chair, the conceptual brainchild of Italian designer Fiore Arcangelo, is actually one giant terrarium and not a display case for all of your precious individual glass-enclosed ecosystems ... that's what tabletops are for. Made from transparent polycarbonate (ugh) and boasting an “amorphous cornucopia” shape that’s supported by a red steel frame, the Ecoo Chair can be filled with an array of hardy plants that grow from a soil/rock base deposited at the bottom of the seat. From the looks of it, you can even put a lil' pond in there, too. The back of the chair is left open for watering/nourishment purposes and so that the interior of the seat can breathe, allowing air to move in and out. Yep, this is a modern seat that you water.

Wild and wildly inventive stuff although the chair itself doesn't look all that comfortable. I'd be a little self-conscious sitting on it I must say — oh excuse me plants, am I blocking your light? — and would be worried if I had small pets or children scampering around the house. The 6-year-old in me wants to stick my arm all up in there. More on this greenery displaying seating arrangement over at Arcanglo’s website (in Eye-talian).

Via [TreeHugger]