A Symbiosis Between Vegetation and Furnishings

Designer Gionato Gatto’s assortment, Coloniae, is a sequence of objects designed like dwellings inside a colony, their constructions conceived to work together symbiotically with vegetation. 

The objects are in all probability finest fitted to air vegetation (Tillandsia) as they don’t seem to comprise vessels for both soil or water, however the thought is noteworthy.

colonaie plant table

A set of variously formed vases and a desk, Colonaie hosts the vegetation, permitting the plant roots and leaves to intertwine themselves with the assist construction to grow to be a single full unit. The desk is paying homage to French designer Frédéric Malphettes’s Floor which does double obligation as each an indoor-outdoor modular desk system and a planter, or Norwegian designer Philipp von Hase’s seed formed “Plantable” a  desk with an built-in planter.

Unveiled at Milan Design Week 2022, Colonaie is a part of the design collective JCP Universe’s Different Lifeforms sequence, whose idea is to create artifacts that “grow to be life types of a system that creates relationships between its creators, customers and the atmosphere itself.”

Like Hong Kong designer Francois Hurtaud’s mixture aquaponic planter system and light-weight fixture, a contemporary piece of indoor furnishings, the Colonaie items aren’t merely containers for vegetation however slightly objects that exist symbiotically with them.

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Two vase designs, Munzo and Loum, and a small facet desk are manufactured from perforated aluminum sheets with matt copper, matt bronze, or matt silver ending. The designs are made to order on JCP Universe’s website.

Photographs through JCP Universe.

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