Tom Dixon & IKEA Explore Urban Farming & Sustainable Living at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Hyper-tech meets hyper-natural in “Gardening Will Save the World.”

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British furniture designer Tom Dixon has teamed up with IKEA once again, this time venturing away from luxurious sofas and chairs to instead explore the concept of urban farming.

The garden, titled “Gardening Will Save the World,” will be showcased at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and explores the contrasts between hyper-natural and hyper-tech cultivation. Exploring the importance of sustainable growing and producing food in a forever-developing climate, the garden acts as an educational facility to show people how they can get involved with growing at home. The duo also wants to showcase “the beauty and functional importance of horticulture, through both traditional knowledge and the latest in growing innovation,” while encouraging people to make a difference with their food wastage.

Announcing the project, Dixon explained that “as part of the Chelsea Flower Show, we have designed and realized an experimental model for growing plants in the urban environment. Aiming to give back to cities and create productive landscapes within urban zones, the garden includes a raised modular landscape with edible and medicinal plants and an enclosed based garden fuelled by hydroponic systems and controllable lighting.”

The experience will also house a number of prototypes from the upcoming Tom Dixon x IKEA collaboration, which is set to drop in 2021. Once the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is over, the garden will be donated to Participatory City and moved to Barking and Dagenham in East London, where it will be used to educate people on the importance of sustainability. Experience the collaborative project for yourself from May 21 – 25.

For more IKEA collaborations, take a look at its upcoming FÖRNYAD collection, designed by Darcel Disappoints’ Sarah Andelman and Craig Redman.

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