At this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, a team of 18 Russian individual designers and collectives presented 20 new products reconnecting city dwellers with nature. These items were designed for the project Naturalist, which set a task to focus on functional objects that would allow feeling connected to nature in a standard city apartment, without major changes in both interior planning and city lifestyle.
Daily communication with nature and feeling connected to the natural rhythms are important components of both physical and emotional health and well-being. Participants of the Naturalist project were exploring the potential of natural materials, studying the urban life of plants and birds, reflecting on the natural aesthetics and our perception of nature.
As a result of this research they created a number of functional objects that rethink growing plants at home, allowing us to present and structure natural treasures collections and feel connected to the cycles of nature. The range of products includes small furniture items, lights and accessories in such natural materials as birch bark, wicker, ceramics, porcelain, sandstone and marble, as well as textiles capturing the nature in hyper-realist prints with 3D effect, photo-chromic screens and a bird feeder with an integrated speaker enhancing the sound of birds’ songs.
Kuiper Belt. Hanging planters. Design: Katerina Kopytina. Photo: Crispy Point
Vase + Tray. Vases with removable trays. Design: Ania Druzhinina (Fёdor Toy). Photo: Crispy Point
Teplitsa. Wall organizer. Design: Luch Design. Photo: Luch Design
Sputnik-5. Coffee table with an integrated planter. Design: Maxim Scherbakov. Photo: Crispy Point
Rustica Subtilis. Modular vase. Design: Olesya Ananyeva & Anastasiya Koshcheeva. Photo: Crispy Point
Ray. Chair. Design: Lera Moiseeva
Playground. Desktop organizer. Design: Luch Design. Photo: Luch Design
Orator. Bird feeder. Design: Katia Tolstykh. Photo: Crispy Point
Metrica. Set for herbs. Design: Tania Klimenko
K-1 by Maxim Scherbakov
From Siberia: Tuesa. Birchbark containers. Design: Anastasiya Koshcheeva. Photo: Crispy Point
Taburet stool by designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva
From Siberia: Svetoch. Birchbark lamps. Design: Anastasiya Koshcheeva. Photo: Crispy Point
FitoDrom. Modular wall planter. Design: Ekaterina Vagurina
Decorative textiles with 3D effect. Design: Sveta Gerassimova. Photo: Crispy Point
Ferma. Modular cacti farm. Design: Alexander Kanygin. Photo: Crispy Point
Chromica. Photochromic screens. Design: Ekaterina Semenova
Participants: Ekaterina Vagurina, Lesha Galkin, Sveta Gerassimova, Ania Druzhinina (Fёdor Toy), Alexander Kanygin, Tania Klimenko, Katerina Kopytina, Anastasiya Koshcheeva, Maxim Maximov, Yaroslav Misonzhnikov,Lera Moiseeva, Olesya Ananyeva, Ekaterina Semenova, Katia Tolstykh, Maxim Scherbakov, Luch Design, Plan-S23 and Verstak.
Project identity and exhibition design: Facultative Works.
Photos: Crispy Point (Anna Prilutskaya and Ksenia Dubyago)