Alexandra Kain

Michel Bussien's Growing Chair is Deep-Seated in Nature

by , 06/08/09
filed under: Botanical, green furniture

growing chair,  michel bussein,  plant chair,  swiss design,  tree chair, sustainable design, green design, gardening, living furniture

More ironic than practical, Swiss designer Michel Bussien‘s Growing Chair evokes pertinent ideas for the 21st century: nature trapped within the confines of man, manicured at his whim, or a specimen preserved behind glass – like fossils in a museum. On the other hand, when I look at the Growing Chair, I see the proliferation of life despite artificial boundaries. But, perhaps it’s something much simpler than that – a lush little greenhouse with a seat to enjoy it?

The chair resides on a rolling planter with willow trees growing from each leg. Russian vine wraps around the willow branches for a full greenery effect. As Bussien elaborates in his Nature Manifesto, the chair represents a reconvergence of man and nature. Bussien calls for a movement forward, in which we use the complexity of nature in our creations, allowing us to reconnect with that from which we evolved. A thought provoking idea indeed, though we’re not sure the Growing Chair will be taking root anytime soon at your nearest DWR.

+ Michel Bussien

Via Treehugger

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