I visited Stockholm Furniture Fair yesterday. As usual it was the design students that delivered the most creative ideas. Students are yet not destroyed by the reality and can therefore create without any compromises. In my opinion students are more connected to trends than economy – a positive side effect given by the freedom of choice. One of the best part of the fair was presented by the school Steneby, who had a green theme named Grow. In my opinion the students were pointing out a very interesting trend that can change how we live our life in the future. Also, these students at the Steneby may have found one of the most fun and interesting versions of saving the world ever! Students were showing how we can save nature by turning our homes into exotic gardens, including vegetation in our furnitures to make our homes grow green on the inside. My interpretation is that we are destroying our planet ecosystem and we want to take control by building our own planet inside our homes.
This elegant table is design by Lena Louisa Meyer and serves vegetation to eat straight out of the table.
My interpretation of the students’ work is that these green solution could easily become a global movement supported by social media. Like saving the rainforest by buying a piece of it and growing it at home. Instead of moving to a villa with garden people can have their own garden inside their apartments. Soon maybe one can even have their own versions of farms inside their apartments. This can change the way we build apartments, grow our own food, build cites etc. But it is a logical step – people no longer trust food manufactures to be healthy or green. That is why farmers have more costumers than ever visiting their farms. This can change with these new trend – growing a farm in your own living room or kitchen. Instead of building traditionally designed homes (monumental bathrooms and kitchens) we can invite our friends to our own green paradise – a private and green version of Noah’s Ark. This will make it possible for to you not only watch Discovery Channel but have your own version of it at your home. Buying pieces of nature and growing it inside our homes can create a feeling of saving the planet instead of only passively watching the bad news reported in media.
One designer at the exhibition who have been making a green difference for 20 year is Sergej at ReturDesign who was rewarded in media as “Hero for the planet” Time.com.