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Sod-Covered picNYC Table Brings a Rural Dining Experience into an Urban Residence
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On December 15, 2011 @ 2:26 pm In Architecture,Design,Green Furniture,Green Roof | 1 Comment
Picnics are super fun, but not always convenient if you're faced with bad weather or find yourself far from a green space. To turn every meal into a picnic (sans the army of invading ants), Haiko Cornelissen Architekten designed this sod-covered aluminum table to bring the outdoorsy experience right into your city apartment. And don't worry about spilling your water during occasions of fine-dining -- it'll help the grass grow!
The farm-to-table  is made from aluminum with sturdy square legs and a tray-like table top. Stones sit at the bottom, which is topped with soil and finally a layer of sod. Watering the sod is done by hand and drains down into the stones. Sunlight, irrigation and interior climatic conditions all determine the status of your table. Unfortunately, no table-sized lawn mower exists, so cutting of the grass is all done by hand with scissors. The table could also be reasonably planted with herbs, flowers, wheat grass or even sedum  for a low maintenance experience.
Haiko Cornelissen’s table is a commentary on the quickly growing urban farming trend. The table brings the experience of picnicking into the city and into your own private apartment. The Amsterdam-based firm  describes the table as “a surreal experience of nature in the city that literally transforms dining. Suddenly spilling water becomes a necessity instead of a problem, wine glasses need coasters not to prevent ring stains but to avoid tumbling.”
Nature is an elegant backdrop and table decorations suddenly become passe.
Via Architizer 
Images ©Haiko Cornelissen
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URLs in this post:
 farm-to-table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm-to-table
 sedum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedum
 Amsterdam-based firm: http://haikocornelissen.com/work/picnyc-table/
 Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/35906/farm-to-table/
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