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Farm-to-Table Gone Literal

December 18, 2011

Picnics are fun, but the picNYC Table designed by Haiko Cornelissen Architecten may be taking the urban trend of farm-to-table a bit far. Imagine your picnic brought inside to your table. This is what it might look like:

The picNYC Table is made from an aluminum frame which supports the stone, soil and sod layers that make up the table top. It would definitely make for a fun dinner party, say in the middle of winter when nostalgia for the greens of spring and summer set in, but the upkeep would quickly overcome any culinary pleasures; the sod has to be watered and trimmed with scissors by hand. For those that have suburban lawn mowing envy this would be enticing, but I think in my apartment I’d end up dining on a field of overgrown grass, probably with a few dandelions sprouting up. Although customization is one of the things the designers had in mind as they explain,

Based on the number of cuts, maintenance, usage, sunlight and season, the PicNYC table responds with a variety of colors to the conditions set by the owner. However, the color can always be reset to bright green since fresh sod is available year round.

Interesting. Well hey, if your glass of water seems a little unstable on the sod top, don’t worry about it spilling, you’re just helping the cause.

PhotosIwan Baan & Alan Tansey

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