Thursday, December 22, 2011

NO FURNITURE POLISH OR DUSTING REQUIRED


This was so good I had to "imitate" Todd X at Iced Tea and Sarcasm. And Peter, it's by an Amsterdam firm.



Farm-to-Table

December 15


The picNYC table by Haiko Cornelissen Architecten is an unusual object that aspires to transplant a snippet of rural life into your city apartment. Attuned to the growing phenomenon of urban farming, the folded aluminum table might blend into any chic urban interior, save for its tabletop of grass, soil and water-draining stones. The vegetated surface is designed to offer the surreal experience of picnicking indoors, providing an earthy bed on which to nestle a bottle of wine and place fine dishware. As the designers explained: “Suddenly, spilling water becomes a necessity instead of a problem and wine glasses need coasters not to prevent ring stains but to avoid tumbling.” More after the jump!

This new Chia Pet of the furniture world also requires constant care, calling on owners to tenderly hand cut their elevated plots of grass and tend to their demands for temperature and sunlight. If treated with love and affection, the table rewards owners with a flourishing indoor garden, accommodating grass, flowers, herbs and vegetables alike in endless combinations of flora. However, if neglected, the table may be quite unforgiving, interiorizing all the charm of a lifeless, unkempt lawn and perhaps emitting the odors of a flat of compost. Thus, not only does the picNYC table transform the average city dweller’s dining experience with its surreal reversal of indoor and outdoor, but it also integrates the rewards and responsibilities of rural life into city living, challenging urbanites to quite literally confront farm-to-table connections in a highly aesthetic manner.


[All images courtesy the architects]

9 comments:

  1. I like it....though you'd need clippers to clear the table!

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  2. Merry Christmas.

    I think it would be fun 1 or 2 times. but who is goign to mow it??

    Hugs
    Ray

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  3. It sounds cool but for me it's too high maintenance. No one wants to pull weeds before they have to eat.

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  4. Perhaps they could make it a tad thicker and you can plant your root veggies like potatoes and carrots right in the table to eat fresh veggies.

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  5. Doesn't work for me Sean. I would be concerned about the bugs in the grass. I think this idea Jumped the Shark.

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  6. They're based here in Amsterdam [and NYC]. It's the perfect picnic table for city people when they don't have a lawn or park nearby.

    One could replace the grass with Sedum, you don't have to mowe that. Or herbs which you can add to your meal.

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  7. I can't decide if I like it or not. Leaning toward like, but I have concerns about ongoing upkeep.

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