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Amazing upcycle: old furniture into planters

Milan Design Week may be over and done with, but so many incredible ideas made their debut on the vast showroom floor that the event still has us buzzing. Take this deceptively simple idea from Italian designers Peter Bottazzi and Denish Bonapace that turns used up and useless old furniture into artfully rendered homes for plants. Called Da Morto A Orto, or from redundant to abundant, Bottazzi and Bonapace took various pieces of furniture and combined them into hybrids – a rolling desk chair with a wooden dresser drawer and an aluminum lamp or a plush armchair with metal pots sprouting out its back. The combinations are endless and these pictures are the ultimate inspiration for DIY-ers.

Of course, Da Morto A Orto isn’t just horticultural eye-candy or a collection of one-off pieces. It’s “a critical, ironic reinterpretation of everyday objects that we no longer recognize or that are on their last legs.” Objects and furniture around the house that are destined to be discarded or destroyed are given a new life and purpose, and what was once trash is now a thing of beauty.