Gallery: Auto-Cannibalistic Table Decomposes as Plants Grow


For the sake of sustainability, we normally hope that our furniture will last a long time in an effort to conserve resources and energy. Ate Atema of Atema Architecture, however, ponders whether this philosophy is truly the correct path to eco-enlightenment. With his Auto-Cannibalistic Table, which is intended to be a temporary object, he embraces sustainability in a less conventional way. The table was constructed with paper egg cartons and wheatpaste glue, which is made from flour and water, and then planted with herbs. The herbs can be picked as they grow, creating a place where food can both be eaten as well as grown–over time, however,  the plants are intended to “eat away” at the table.

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1 Comment

  1. onrappel May 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

    this article has very nice photography, but for this ecologist its writ is very shallow.

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