Design Research Studio, the design and innovations agency at the heart of Tom Dixon, has partnered with IKEA to imagine the future of urban farming.
As part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, they have designed and realised an experimental model for growing plants in the urban environment.
Tom Dixon and IKEA’s garden, entitled Gardening will Save the World will explore the importance of sustainable growing, looking at the contrast of the hyper-natural and hyper-tech.
The garden will demonstrate how people can contribute to the movement of growing food at home and make a difference to reducing food waste, as well as communicating the beauty and functional importance of horticulture, through both traditional knowledge and the latest in growing innovation.
Tom says, 'As part of the Chelsea Flower Show, we have designed and realised an experimental model for growing plants in the urban environment. Aiming to give back to cities and create productive landscapes within urban zones, the garden includes a raised modular landscape with edible and medicinal plants and an enclosed based garden fuelled by hydroponic systems and controllable lighting.’
The garden will be split into two levels and will feature over 4,000 plants. The base layer will be a horticultural laboratory where hydroponic technology is implemented, and the raised garden will be a botanic oasis with a natural aesthetic for visitors to immerse themselves in.
During the media preview, the exhibition will also offer an exclusive look at some of the first prototypes that Tom Dixon has designed on urban growing, which will be available globally at IKEA stores in 2021.
After Chelsea Flower Show, the garden will be donated to the charity Participatory City and moved to Barking and Dagenham in East London.