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Opiary's Terraformed Furniture Invites Nature Indoors

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One can never have too many plants in the house, and Opiary’s new line of terraformed furniture allows you to bring even more of the outside world into your space. This furniture series can actually be used both indoors and outdoors, so you can revel in backyard comfort during the summer months, and then bask in lush greenery in your living room when snow blows outside your window in midwinter. The pieces are made of ferrocement and steel with in-built irrigation systems, and are as elegant as they are utilitarian.

If you’re in the NYC area, you can check out these fabulous pieces in person at the NY NOW show; August 17-20, 2014,  The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, booth #4163.

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