Plant Furniture and What Lies Beneath the Surface

May 9, 2015 by


Say you want a table or a set of tables and you also want some planters. But in your small space you don’t have room for all of them, so you have to choose. No you don’t.


Frédéric Malphettes, designer of Végétagère and Anno plant trellis systems, has another clever solution for small spaces. Surface does double-duty as both an indoor-outdoor modular table system and a planter. Surface’s curved steel frame supports a chrome tray tabletop into which fits your traditional terracotta pot.


You can assemble several of the hexagonal-shaped tables together in an endless variety of  configurations to fit your particular space. That makes it especially ideal for those of us who like to change things up now and then.




What I particularly like: Surface becomes a reflection of the space it inhabits. As the planter sits within the opening, it appears to float on the chrome “mirror” tabletop–and if outdoors, beautifully reflects the sky and the surrounding vegetation. Nice.

Photos courtesy of the designer.

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