We pick ten favorite products from the recent Milan Design Week that are influenced by nature in their design, including furniture recycled to become planters, plaid garden benches, a bamboo lamp, a futuristic bird house, and more.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile, or Milan Design Week, is one of the big events on designers' calendars, showcasing innovative and unusual design from around Europe. Looking through reports from the show, we've picked ten of our favorite designs that are either inspired by nature or would work well as garden furniture (or both).
Shown at left are pieces from "Da Morto a Orto," which means "From Redundant to Abundant," by designers Peter Bottazzi and Denise Bonapace. Made in a partnership with AMSA, a municipal environmental sustainability agency, the historic company Fratelli Ingegnoli, and with the not-for-profit organization Banco Building, the project re-uses old furniture to create wild and fantastic planters—I particularly love the drawers, which are just sprouting with life.