Planted

Design show features expert talks and a lineup of brands with nature and sustainability at their core

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 23 September 2021

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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.

Click here to register for the free event.

Unearthed talks

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.

Biophilic 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

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.

VG&P

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.

Nikari

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.

LSA

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

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.

Planted talks

Naturalmat

Over two decades ago, keen sailors Mark Tremlett and Peter Tindall began experimenting with the use of breathable, natural fibres as an alternative to synthetics commonly used on boats. In 2000 Naturalmat was born, with an ethos of using only raw materials which were natural, sustainable and, wherever possible, certified organic.

Naturalmat will be exhibiting its bedroom range, which includes bed frames, mattresses, storage benches, pillows and duvets – all made by hand.

Less is Better

Newly launched Less is Better aims to design and make innovative products of exemplary quality and functionality. This is achieved through the use of minimal amounts of the best and most sustainable materials.

Less is Better will be exhibiting its Fold and Lean collections. The Lean clothes rack is lightweight, simple and versatile, made from cork and oak. Delivered unassembled, it can be screwed together in a few minutes.

Plant Designs

Plant Designs was born out of the desire to introduce more people to the power of planting. Its expert team is equipped with the skills and knowledge to kit out any office or home with a beautiful selection of indoor plants.

The team understands the proven health benefits of being connected with nature to help improve productivity, creativity and wellbeing and will be demonstrating this at the show. It will also be creating a biophilic entrance to the Natural Living show section.

Bacsac

French brand Bacsac designs flexible planters, garden accessories and everyday objects to bring you closer to nature.

Bacsac was created to tackle the lack of access to fertile soil, contaminated ground and weight and space constraints.

Bacsac will be exhibiting various pots, planters and raised garden beds to create an immersive and generous garden around the Out of the Valley nomad cabin.

The garden will feature the Growing Line, a made-to-measure version of its felt window box. Mimicking the soil, its pared-down envelope in brown geotextile felt melts into the landscape.

Woodnotes

Founded in 1987, Finnish design brand Woodnotes designs and manufactures products and concepts inspired by paper yarn for homes and public spaces.

The inspiration behind its products comes from combining the artistic creativity found in Finland’s rugged nature with valuable craftsmanship and advanced technologies, utilising basic Finnish raw materials, wood and paper.

Woodnotes is the first company in the world to use paper yarn in a contemporary way in functional textiles, and it also considers sustainability in its materials and processes and those of their partners.

The paper used in production has been spun from durable heavyweight paper that can be recycled or burned to produce energy; all products are biodegradable and the paper is produced with non-toxic compounds.

Vestre

Norwegian furniture manufacturer Vestre have been producing urban furniture for more than 70 years, helping to create social meeting places for millions of people.

Vestre creates sustainable, democratic and inclusive meeting places which help to bridge social and cultural divides.

Earlier this year, Vestre together with Ope and Rune Gaasø, took the initiative to set up Ogoori, a company that is aiming to clean up the plastic waste from our oceans and recycle it for use in furniture design.

Now it’s launching the Coat bench, which is made entirely from ownerless marine plastic.

Magis

Founded in 1976, Italian Magis is one of the world’s leading design laboratories. At Planted, Magis will launch the Bell chair by Designer Konstantin Grcic, and an outdoor collection made from recycled and recyclable polyethylene produced using rotantional moulding technology from furniture and car waste.

Grcic set out to revolutionise the mono-bloc plastic chair, creating a seat that is affordable, stylish and environmentally conscious.

Smile Plastics

Smile Plastics transforms waste materials – such as plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and coffee grounds – into beautiful, unique, decorative panels for the architecture and design industry.

Each piece is handcrafted, which means that no two will be the same. The mission is to inspire and engage more people in sustainability and recycling by showcasing how waste can be used to make beautiful, unique products.

Smile Plastics aims to shift the mindset on waste and show that through innovation, we can unlock the hidden potential in scrap materials.

HagenHinderdael

Pairing product design with art, HagenHinderdael’s work explores the relationship between lighting and large-scale installations in immersive environments.

At Planted it will be presenting Twine, a 3D printed modular seating system made entirely of r-PTEG from medical tray waste as well as the Cocoon pendant light collection, which transforms wood waste into an organic, technology-advanced light.

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel is intrigued by the life lived around appliances and the ability for exceptional appliance design to enrich life.

The brand has long been committed to environmentally conscious operations as a business, and to creating new products that increasingly limit the impact on the environment’s natural resources.

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