You could smell the installation before you saw it. Fresh, green, sort of like watermelon… enter Hafele’s Beaumont St street showroom and the cut grass smell all makes sense. Landscape designer Xanthe White transformed the showroom into an interior park with fresh grass covering the entire floor. All of a sudden the industrial, concrete and glass showroom has a softness and naturalness, just from the slight give in the ground as you walked around.
This wasn’t the most overwhelming installation, but it was sweet and clever, and shows that sometimes design insertions don’t have to be in your face to be really interesting. I loved how the large scale of landscape design was able to shrink down and come inside and work in with a showroom that is all about the small details – smooth hinges, closures and mechanics for drawers.