10 Nature Forward Design Ideas

By Eluxe Magazine

Urban living is great–we have access to theatres, shops, cafes, restaurants, transport and millions of other advantages. But what we are lacking is something fundamental, something primal that it seems all humans need: contact with nature.

Missing contact with forests, the sea and fresh air, many of us try to reproduce the natural world in our homes with a few sad, potted plants. But thanks to some very innovative designers, nature can easily be incorporated into elements of home design. Get inspired by these plant-based interiors ideas, and then have a think about how you can green up your own home.

1. Picnyc Table

Designed by Haiko Cornelissen Architects, this nifty table is not only an instant conversation starter at any dinner but as an extra bonus, it doesn’t need to be wiped down, and any spills probably just fertilise the grass more!


2. Tiny Planters You Can Wear

Forget crystals: if you want some certified energy close to you at all times, put a plant in your jewellery! Not only does it look lovely, it feels nice having something so natural so close by. Take the outdoors indoors, always!

Design by Hafsteinn Juliusson


3. Living Moss Bath Mat

This all natural bath mat feels good under the feet, and never needs to be hung up to dry. In fact, the wetter it gets, the happier it is, and what’s more: no need to wash this, ever.

Designed by Nguyen La Chanh


4. Catnip Table

Poor Fluffy condemned to a life indoors? Make her life a bit happier with this catnip-infused table! Afraid she may be developing a bit of a nasty ‘nip habit? No worries: grass and other plants do just as well here.



Designed by Emily Wettstein


5. LED Mushroom Lamps

Unfortunately, there are no natural glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. But this innovative lamp using natural driftwood by  Yukio Takano is as about as close as you can get…



Designed by Yukio Takano


6. Hairy Flower Pots

Feel like you’re having a bad hair day? It’s probably nothing compared to these guys! Wonder if any of the team at Good! design–the company that created these planters– used their own faces for this project?green-design-ideas-inspired-by-nature-2-16-3



Designed by Good!


7. Wet Umbrella Stand

The grass is always greener–when it’s watered by a drippy umbrella! This invention saves your floors from wet brollies and creates a mini-lawn in the process.



Designed by Simon Enever


8. Greenhouse Lamp

Water and electricity don’t usually go together so well, but this lamp allows sprouts to grow in its base safely, and looks especially amazing when lit up.


Designed by Kristyna Pojerova


9. Grassy Bed Lounger

Ok, in this case, it’s actually the reverse of our title: indoors goes outdoors with this bed-shaped grassy knoll. Perfect for lounging around on a hot day, the grass keeps you cool whilst the form keeps you comfy. Pillows and blankets optional.


Image credits: cepolina.com


10. Living Desk

The workplace can be a jungle–and now so can your desk! Not only does this desk look good, but being surrounded by water, plants or animals eases stress, and the plants filter the air of pollutants, too.


Designed by greenwork.se



Eluxe Magazine is the world's first print and digital publication devoted to sustainable, high-end luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyles. 

Eluxe was launched in 2013 by Chere Di Boscio, a former glossy magazine editor with a passion for all things naturally beautiful. After just over a year of operation, Eluxe has already received the support of top writers, celebrities and photographers, and continues to spread its message of sophisticated sustainability to refined readers around the globe.


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