Gallery: Gigantic Grassy Lawn Lounges Sprout Throughout England!

 
A little maintenance is required. This one measures a full 8 meters in length.

We have written about grassy love seats and other examples of literal lawn furniture before, but never at this scale, and for such a great cause. The National Trust conducted a survey on the habits of British families, and when they saw that the average family spent an average of 13 weeks each year on their sofas they decided to act — well, compromise.

To encourage the public to enjoy some time outdoors without leaving behind their creature comforts, the National Trust installed 10 larger than life sofas throughout England. Each sod sofa comes complete with a matching coffee table, creating an outdoor living room. The sofas are placed from downtown London to Northern Ireland, to the Trust’s own land on Wembury Point. With a little self-effacing humor the Brits can have their tea by the seaside, in the comfort of their familiar living room.

+ National Trust

Via Notcot and Co.Design

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  1. Ray Morneau December 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Mind bending! Thanks!!

    I would be very interested in how this is accomplished.

    Niche horticulture? Special training? Specialized techniques?

    Grows so fast – particular species of grass? engineered irrigation? pest control needed to suppress weeds and/or fungi like pythium or other water molds? maintenance, obviously, requires a grounds crew with a mower!

    Kudos to your ingenuity there! Hats off to your National Trust!!!

  2. urban sherp September 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

    And something so comical about seeing adults on oversized furniture. Puts a smile on my face. MIT recently hosted a Furniture Society conference featuring a great outdoor furniture exhibit with oversized hay bale couches:
    http://www.urbansherp.com/relax-at-the-furniture-societys-furniture-exhibit-at-mit

  3. davidwayneosedach July 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Those green giant lawn chairs and sofas are brilliant. And beautiful!

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