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Moss Carpet Grows in the Heart of Your Home

Posted By Elisabeth Buecher On May 4, 2009 @ 12:23 am In Gardening,green Interiors,Milan Furniture Fair | 22 Comments

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Among all the great green designs discovered at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair [2], this beautiful biodegradable [3] moss [4] planter at the Tokyo Fiber Sensware [5] exhibition definitely stood out. Japan-based flower artist Makoto Azuma [6] collaborated with Unitika Ltd. to create an indoor glade, populating the planter with an assortment of mosses. The result is an exquisite organic carpet [7] that runs through the exhibition, passing round the furniture and the poles and stunning visitors with its delightful presence.

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Terramac [9]® is an eco-friendly 3D knitted and spun fabric which serves as a receptacle for the planter’s roots, protects the seeds, and holds the moss [10] together. Made from plant-derived polylactic acid fiber, “this material is decomposed (biodegraded) by microorganisms in compost or in soil after 10 years. Eventually only carbon dioxide and water remain”. As the planter biodegrades, CO2 is captured by the plants through the process of photosynthesis. The name Terramac® means “sons of the mother earth”.

The real beauty of this technology lies in the pairing of a plant-derived plastic [11] with a plant (here the moss) to create an improved sustainable environment. Generally found growing on the sloping sides of embankments, moss can now be integrated within the heart of our homes and cities [12]. We love when industry meets design to offer practical solutions that embellish our lives in a more sustainable way!

+ Makoto Azuma [6]

+ Terramac [9]

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Coverage [2]

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Photo Gallery [13]

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[1] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3472664573/

[2] 2009 Milan Furniture Fair: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/milan-furniture-fair/

[3] biodegradable: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/07/grass-phone-by-je-hyun-kim/

[4] moss: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/11/03/clean-green-living-graffiti-made-from-moss/

[5] Tokyo Fiber Sensware: http://tokyofiber.com/en/

[6] Makoto Azuma: http://www.azumamakoto.com

[7] organic carpet: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/19/moss-carpet-by-nguyen-la-chanh/

[8] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3473473582/

[9] Terramac: http://www.unitika.co.jp/plastics/E/terramac/

[10] moss: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/17/growing-jewelry-icelandic-moss-rings/

[11] plant-derived plastic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/14/chocolate-powered-race-car-made-out-of-vegetables/

[12] cities: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/12/philly-goes-green-with-moss-signage-by-edina-tokodi/

[13] + 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Photo Gallery: http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/plugins/falbum/wp/album.php?album=72157617181767086

[14] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3473473444/

[15] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3472664327/

[16] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3473473210/

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