Living Desert Chair

Artist Nadia Utto has created a series of elegant “eco-chairs” that morph form and function by embedding living plants right into the piece of furniture. Pictured here is the desert chair, or “Desert of One” as christened by its creator, which offers an ideal habitat for many species of cacti in the back of a polymer-modified cement-over-Styrofoam chair. The cement and Styrofoam combination gives the furniture the sandy texture and necessary strength while preventing the chair from being ridiculously heavy. The cacti have now been growing in the back of this chair for over a decade and it would appear that they are doing quite well. Below is the description that accompanied the chair when it went to auction. Rather than regurgitating the information, I figured I should just replicate it and let you read it yourself.