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The grass is always greener on the other rug

Thursday, 8 December 2011 | By Michelle Hammond
For consumers seeking a green living space, there’s a grass rug that brings lawn into your living room and a couch grows three kilograms of potatoes a season.

The $1,600 carpet, by designer Pia Wustenberg, begins life as a grey pillow.

Then as the seedlings begin to take hold, the grass grows in the user’s chosen design, bringing the “qualities of a living organism to an inanimate object”.

“I love the hustle and bustle of the inner city, but I really miss having a garden to sit in and care for,” Wustenberg says.

“That’s how I got the idea for the garden rug. Moss and grass seeds are carefully sewn into the lining of the rug, and then you just need to water it.”

Wustenberg, who was born in Germany but lives in London, has also created a couch that incorporates a planter, which can produce three kilograms of spuds.

While the idea of growing grass on your carpet, not to mention potatoes on your sofa, might not sound very appealing, it highlights consumers’ eagerness to bring the outside inside.

There are so many green solutions for apartment-dwellers these days, but this one certainly stands out. Perhaps there are other ways in which you can incorporate nature into city living.