Work / London Design Festival 2011

Sebastian Bergne: LEGO® Greenhouse

Covent Garden street entertainment is not always something you want to be a part of, but catch a glimpse of Sebastian Bergne’s LEGO Greenhouse glinting in the Autumn sun and your curiosity will almost certainly get the better of you…

Scuttle past quickly and you may miss it, but walk over to peer inside and you’ll find encased inside this strange plastic greenhouse a cluster of very round, plump flowers and plants in a soil naturally made up of brown LEGO bricks. Amongst the noise and crowds of Covent Garden, peering into this strange plastic enclosure can make you pretty nostalgic; the modest size of the structure and the shy nature of the plants within also allow it to be a comfortable and understated beauty, rather than a huge spectacle.

The marriage of gardening and design comes via Bergne’s enthusiasm to demonstrate how the trend-defying, childhood-evoking LEGO bricks can be used to communicate the history of an area of London – in this case, the famous and unbeatable Covent Garden Flower Market. Beautiful as it is in the day, don’t forget to pass by after nightfall to watch the greenhouse glow from within in an eerie, yet strangely comforting way.