Young Russian designers bring nature to the city
City vs nature is a firm favourite topic of designers, and we have witnessed quite a great number of design-rooted examples that foster the phenomena or lifestyle we call ‘urban gardening’. A group of young Russian designers, led by Tatiana Kudryavtseva, decided to explore exactly this field in their presentation at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Fifteen promising designers created 20 functional products, each evolving around the idea of brining in nature to an urban setting in a sustainable, low-maintenance way.
The designers were given considerable freedom in coming up with solutions, so the presentation includes a range of objects all made from different materials and for completely different purposes. The sole restriction was that the final object must clearly reference the idea of nature evolving in a city landscape. Beyond that, they were free to use any medium, material, expression, or typology.
And they did so: the collection ranging from transformable vases, through speaking bird-feeders, to hyperrealist prints of natural phenomena is demonstrative of how individually the designers treated the brief. Some applied natural materials like wicker and sandstone, others opted for gardening tools, while again others just referenced organic landscapes. The peculiarity and significance of the show lies exactly in this diversity, and also in the fact that all solutions require minimum interference to the regular interior layout and habitual city lifestyle.
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