Trendspotter: Living furniture

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Fast-paced city-living can leave little time for smelling the roses. Those who rush about might hanker after a touch of nature. This is possible, notes, even in the most urban environments, for the latest designs blur traditional boundaries between home and garden.

The trend centres on grass. Perhaps the most outlandish option is the chance to grow your own grass furniture, conceived by Californian designer Greg Tate. After filling the frame with soil and sowing the seeds, regular watering should see the sofa or chair start sprouting within 10 days. Deger Cengiz’s living lawn chair is another example. This lounger provides a low-maintenance, space-efficient alternative to a full lawn.

Thai company Ayodhya has come up with the Secret Garden Table, featuring a dried moss top secured under glass. As for Nancy Favier’s faux-grass ottoman, made from a colour-strong plastic, the grass is almost certainly greener when it isn’t real.

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