Anyone who reads Inhabitat regularly will know that we are suckers for furniture with foliage. Julian Lwin has caught our attention before with his fabulously green, wheatgrass-studded Galapagos Coffee Table. Now the Brooklyn based designer is raising the bar again with his new biodegradable BioTube Bench. Thats right – we said it: BIODEGRADABLE FURNITURE!

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The recycled cardboard cylinders of the new “Ephemeral BioTube Bench” are embedded with seeds using a cellulose liquid, so that as they are exposed to moisture, rain and light, they biodegrade (to a rich mulch layer) and turn into an instant garden.

The BioTubes will be available for purchase individually or in bound groups for a space-specific custom garden. And it’s not just for grasses, but also herbs, wildflowers, and whatever other seedlings you care to sprout.

We love the idea of cheap ephemeral outdoor furniture that turns to soil over time. But this clever idea begs the question – what is this thing going to look like in 6 months, while it is in the process of bio-degrading? I’d probably want to see some photos of the in-between stage before I bite.

Lwin Design also does a fantastic line of lighting, and designs gorgeous interiors, all with a serious commitment to utilizing eco-friendly materials.

+ Lwin Design