The 2010 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, held in London from May 25-29, 2010, has honored an interior garden named ‘The Living Office’, created by Indoor Garden Design and Vitra, with a Silver-Gilt Medal.
The Living Office, touted as the first ever interior garden to be created at Chelsea, has won Silver-Gilt Medal in the Continuous Learning Awards category. Vitra specializes in designing and manufacturing contemporary furnishings, and Indoor Garden Design is an office plant provider.
The award winning interior garden scheme demonstrates the benefits and the effects of integrating plants into an office to facilitate a healthier and sustainable environment.
The Living Office features beautifully-designed ‘working’ sanctuary complete with Vitra’s ergonomically-designed office range. A living wall with a system that grows a salad for lunch, including strawberries, tomatoes, mint and chives is also featured. A fish tank acts as a grey water filtration system to feed the plants and a compost bin recycles waste whilst providing ambient heating to the work space.
The Living Office scheme propounds the fact that introducing plants into a working environment offers physical and psychological health benefits. It helps in removing carbon monoxide from the air, absorbing dust and improving people’s concentration and memory retention and heightens their senses.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, officially the Great Spring Show, is a five day garden show held each year in May by the RHS in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. RHS is one of the world’s leading horticultural organizations and the UK's leading gardening charity.