Front is the name of an all-female Swedish design group comprised of Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren (which really tickles my feminist side). The group was asked to design an interior environment for Tensta Konsthall, a center for contemporary art in Stockholm. Front drew inspiration from the fact that spaces change over time, becoming scratched, worn or otherwise altered, and thus created a design that would anticipate and accelerate this change.
To do so, they taped hundreds of silk and plastic flowers to the wall to make a three-dimensional wallpaper that will change as flowers are moved, removed and replaced. In the café, vines are given free reign of the walls thanks to a thin wire climbing structure. Growing at up to seven meters a year, the plants will rapidly transform the space. The floor was painted a layer of grey over gold, so that, over time, visitors’ footsteps will reveal not only the gold paint underneath, but also give insight into how people move through the space.
Nothing is more representative of change than nature, and plants, more than anything else, run the gamut of change from the very rapid – growing and dying in a few days – to the very slow – existing for hundreds of years. The design at Tensta Konsthall is an excellent example of what Plant Propaganda is all about: an artist utilizing plants not just for their appearance, but for their very nature.
See more of Front’s work at their website, designfront.org.
All photos © Front Design Group.