An exhibition to reflect on the plant world

Light, earth and water would seem to be the only elements necessary for plant life, but there is more to it than that. The exhibition “Beyond the pot” at ESAD in Valenciennes tries to take stock of this.

During the past year homes have inevitably been at the center of our lives, and this is one of the reasons why the furniture design industry, from the point of view of turnover, has managed to keep up. There are those who have chosen to renovate their homes or those who simply buy new furniture or add some greenery to the home horizon.

But do all houseplants have the same needs? This is the starting point for the workshop organized by d-o-t-s studio at the ESAD School of Design in Valenciennes, France, which led the designers involved to carry out an in-depth study on the needs of six very different varieties of plants. The result is an exhibition that questions conventions and adopts a phytocentric approach: the exhibition, which can be visited until next March 19, presents a series of projects that invite to understand and interact with the plant world, with an invitation to respect it.

For example we have Gradus Scindapsus, created by Clothilde Delsart, Gaëlle Langlets and Nicolas Tondeux, a device designed to invite us to pay attention to the development of a Pothos, thanks to its graduated structure that allows us to monitor its growth. Or Carnivore, et alors? by Arthur Grethen, Téa Laurent and Léo Sprimont, centered on the Dionaea muscipula, better known as a carnivorous plant, with the intent to unhinge the idea of its presumed dangerousness, as the collective imagination wants.

Exhibition title: Beyond the Pot Curated by: studio d-o-t-s When: 5-19 marzo 2021 Where: ESAD Valenciennes - School of Design

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