Planted, the new contemporary design show aimed at reconnecting people and spaces with nature, will launch its flagship show today at London’s King’s.
Planted was founded in 2019 by the former owner of designjunction Deborah Spencer, former Sunday Times journalist Sam Peters, River Cottage chief exec Stewart Dodd and commercial design agent Alice Breed. It is currently working towards B-Corp certification.
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Led by biophilic design expert Oliver Heath and former Sunday Times journalist Sam Peters, the Planted Unearthed 2021 talks programme will bring together some of the most progressive thinkers in the world of design, sustainability, food production, architecture and nature.
Tackling some of the most challenging and important topics facing us today, the talks will explore how cities, buildings, people and spaces must adapt and evolve in the face of the growing challenges of climate change and a post-pandemic world.
Zero-waste design event
With the stated aim of being the first zero-waste design event, all brands showcasing at Planted must demonstrate they place sustainability and the environment at the heart of their business, and pass a strict vetting panel of respected industry experts led by Dodds & Shute.
Across the four-day event (23-26 September), Planted will present a stellar lineup of brands that place nature and sustainability at the core of their business.
The brands will be showcased across three show sections: Natural Living, Botanical Market and Sustainable Design.
Centred around the principles of biophilic design – defined as the inherent human need to connect with nature – Natural Living will feature design-led contemporary furniture, lighting and accessory brands that improve today without damaging tomorrow.
Natural Living will champion human-centred design that encourages improved creativity, productivity and wellness – both at home and in the workplace – through calmer, cleaner, more natural living spaces, both indoors and out.
Brands include: Teer & Co, Form & Refine, Nikari, Woodnotes, Less is Better, Naturalmat, Plant Designs, Benchmark, LSA x Eden Project, Another Country, VG&P, HagenHinderdael, Yarn Collective, Magis and Fora Form.
Benchmark will present a new range of chairs to complement its existing OVO furniture collection. Designed by Foster + Partners, the collection comprises an armchair, a stackable side chair and a lounge chair, each crafted in solid European oak or American walnut.
Benchmark is one of the UK’s leading furniture makers, with a deep-rooted belief in the value of craftsmanship and furniture that makes a positive contribution to human health and the environment.
British furniture brand VG&P (Very Good & Proper) is debuting its first sustainable outdoor collection, which features biocomposite technology from the Swedish company Trifilon.
This material combines recycled plastic and fibres from hemp – which draws down and captures carbon as it grows – to create a product that will not only stand the test of time as a quality piece of furniture, but also produce about 85% less CO2 than a regular plastic chair.
It can also be recycled again, meaning fewer raw materials are required to breathe new life into it.
Finnish furniture manufacturer Nikari has more than 50 years’ experience making beautifully crafted collections made from wood. The aim is to find the true balance with nature, and to respect heritage and generations before and after.
Nikari will be exhibiting some well-known pieces, including products by designers Jasper Morrison & Wataru Kumano and Alfredo Haberli, alongside new product launches.
British glassware brand LSA has been producing high-quality original designs to enhance our modern environment since 1966. It works closely with some of the world’s most skilled artisans, exploring new techniques that push the boundaries of handmade glass production to ensure quality and longevity.
At Planted, LSA will present Canopy, a collection of sustainably produced products in collaboration with the Eden Project. Centred around the concept of hydration and propagation, the collection features an array of glasses, vases, bowls, hanging planters and closed gardens.
Another Country, founded in 2010, designs and makes contemporary wood furniture and accessories drawing inspiration from the archetypal design forms of British country kitchen style, Shaker movement, traditional Scandinavian aesthetic and Japanese woodwork.
At Planted, Another Country will present the concept of ‘The Natural Home’ with pieces from its existing collection and the brand new Gallon side table.
Another Country believes that humans have an innate need to connect with nature for their wellbeing, which is why it provides toxin-free products, natural materials and nature-friendly textures to create happy, healthy environments to live and thrive in.
Form & Refine
Danish brand Form & Refine is also on show; it will present a smart storage bench, along with a selection of furniture pieces including the Blueprint and Shoemaker chair and ceramic accessories.
Established in 2018, Form & Refine is a value-driven company that explores materials, preserves the Earth’s resources and nurtures time-honoured skills and expertise of local craftsman.
Teer & Co
Independent British home furnishings brand Teer & Co will showcase a timeless, elegant collection of made-to-order and sustainably sourced timber products.
With the aim of bringing the outdoors in responsibly, and investing in our wellbeing, Teer & Co embeds genuine provenance and soul into its timber furniture, wall panelling and sculptural objects.