This stunning furniture line brings the great outdoors inside
Green Furniture Concept, on the other hand - with its naturalistic design and modular, snakelike arrangement - lets people have a never-ending relationship with the great outdoors.
While the concept began with a chair built from a single piece of wood back in 2007, by Swedish designer Johan Berhin, it wasn't until earlier this year in Chicago that the European company made its North American debut.
The unveiling took place at this year's NeoCon design conference, where Green Furniture Concept won the silver medal in the Best of NeoCon bench division.
Whenever people catch a glimpse of the furniture, the reaction is fairly typical: a reflexive mix of confusion and awe."And we do different colors but no one wants different colors," Afeyan tells Tech Insider. "We do orange and green and blue and yellow, but people want to stick to this beautiful natural look."
If the benches aren't eye-catching, the trees certainly are.
The dampened acoustics help serve larger quiet spaces, like university libraries, which can easily give off cold vibes to people staying there for extend periods of time.
"The other really neat feature about wool is that it's anti-static," she says. "So cleaning this thing is really easy."
The company just introduced wireless charging capabilities at the end of each bench and has plans to include built-in garbage cans and flower planters, "so it's more of a system for public spaces."
Even Mother Nature has to adapt to the demands of modern technology.