If you feel you’re spending too much time at your desk and too little time in nature, here’s a way to bring a piece of the outside world in. Called the Senescent Desk, this whimsical work by Love Hulten comes with a self-sufficient gardening system that allows you to interact with a chunk of nature right at your desk—without all the work usually required when tending to plants.
The Senescent Desk is crafted from American walnut and birch, carefully selected and locally sourced. The wood has been left untreated so that the user can see the material change naturally over time, reacting to its environment and the tiny garden it holds.
The built-in gardening system comes with a hidden water tank, misters, two fans, a digital timer, and a growth substrate material made from recycled plastic. The idea is that over time, the vegetation will flourish and eventually “attack” the furniture “customizing” its appearance without any outside intervention.
As humans, we are always keen on shaping nature through gardening, but what’s really interesting is to see what could happen when we leave it alone, let it grow, and allow it to interact with our personal belongings.
Love Hulten is a one-man studio from Gothenburg, Sweden. Working at the intersection of traditional artisan knowledge and modern technology, his designs offer a unique blend of function and nostalgia. See more from him here.
Images courtesy of Love Hulten