These images caught my eye as I was perusing the ol' Coroflot member gallery the other day, a table that is perhaps more art than design.
According to the designer, Ori Mishkal (liberally copyedited by yours truly):l wanted to design an object which suggested a way to bring nature into the living space in an intimate way. ["Soil Table" is] constructed from a ready-made table, soil, [chickenwire] and ferns—I chose fern as it is known for its love of shade. [This inversion allows] one to see the 'underground growth' of the plants by placing them upside-down to grow.
Unlike how we usually see plants, here, I [have] hidden the ferns and instead made the soil the most visible component. Not quite a table or a flowerpot, the "Soil table" is a bit of a disturbing object, [which might elicit] the strange feeling of plants on [one's lap] when sitting at the table.
Still, I seriously wonder whether it actually works—as in, if the fern can live like that.