Boffi Milan



This installation is made of tropical plants, the epiphyte one – « Tillandsias usneoïdes » -They are hanging on Corian® structures. The origin of the tillandsias unsneoïdes comes from rain forests in South America. These is non-soil plants. They are directly fixed on the branchs of trees and they feed themselves only with the  air moisture.

The plants are held up by differents structures made very simply with thin sticks of Corian (3X12mm section). These ones are naturally bending just in using the flexibility of the material in thin section. Then they are fiting together with cables tie. It’s a basic technique of manufacturing reminiscent of the way of the gardener’s work.

This project takes its place in my present research about “plant design”. It offers a different way of use plants as a real architecture’s material. The Boffi furniture is very minimal, with pure style, essentially composed of elementary volumes in a close relationship with the ground. The installation comes as counterpoint to this aesthetic. It is as light as air, structured by the complex and random geometry of plants.

Title: Rainforest // Design: Patrick Nadeau // Client: Boffi S.P.A. // © images: Paris > Fillioux &Fillioux / London > Aurélien Mirofle / Milan > Aurélien Mirofle / Cologne > Philipp Brohl  

Location: Paris (2009 during Designer’s days), London (2009 during Design week), Milan (2009 during design-in-the-city), Cologne (2010 during Möbelmesse)  









Design : Patrick Nadeau