LDF 2015 Preview: Plant power

09 : 09 : 2015 London Design Festival 2015 : Macrotrend : Whole-System Thinking

London Design Festival 2015 – Design and agronomy combine in Plants Out Of Place, an exhibition encouraging the public to reconsider the value of wild plants.

  • Plants Out Of Place uses art and design to highlight the plight of nature in contemporary society
  • The exhibition challenges traditional ideals of beauty in nature by focusing on the obscure and overlooked
Gutedort at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015 Gutedort at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015
Mowart and Winter at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015 Mowart and Winter at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015
Studio Drift at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015 Studio Drift at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015
Whispery Savoury at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015 Whispery Savoury at Plants out of Place exhibition at London Design Festival 2015

UK-based material innovators Studio Aikieu and Swedish gardening house Coloni aim to educate communities on the historical importance of weeds to help transform their poor public image. 

‘As we have advanced as a species we have lost knowledge and awareness of what these misunderstood plants have provided for us in the past and can provide in the future,’ explains Jenny Lee, founder of Studio Aikieu. A collaboration between a number of creative practitioners, including Mariah Wright and Drink Factory, the exhibition will reflect on the crucial role of wild plants in earth’s ecological future. 

As sustainability continues to draw global interest, Plants Out Of Place engages with this concern by highlighting the significance of the smaller factors contributing towards a greener future that often go unnoticed.

The Big Picture: To learn more about the thriving interaction between the manufactured and natural worlds, take a look at our Whole-system Thinking macrotrend.

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