The Senescent Desk by Love Hultén

Gothenburg, Sweden-based designer Love Hultén sent me a project called The Senescent Desk, a project about natural change without maintenance and a story about interaction. The Senescent Desk is basically a self-sufficient gardening system based on a water-tank, mist makers, two fans, a growth substrate material made from recycled plastic and a digital time. The idea is that over time, the vegetation will flourish and (hopefully) eventually “attack” the artifact without the need of human interaction. In this design, untreated wood is also used so that the wood itself will change over time as a reaction to its environment.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.