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Tom Dixon and Ikea think gardening will save the world, announce appearance at Chelsea Flower Show

Green-fingered aficionados of good design will likely have a smile on their face this morning after Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio announces that it will be partnering with Ikea in an attempt to reimagine the future of urban gardening.

The interior design don has hooked up with everyone’s favourite fairly-priced furniture retailers because both believe that “Gardening will save the world”.

The collaboration is being undertaken as part of the 2019 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show and is set to “explore the contrast of the supernatural and technological to explore the future of growing”.

Together they are planning on delving deep into how “sustainable, affordable and forward-thinking solutions” for food and medicinal growth could aid with the development of “democratic and distributed urban farms” which will consider the future of the environment.

In a press release, Tom himself says, “Gardening is unique in its universal appeal and its transformational power. Without plants and more planting, we are all in trouble. Although we are not traditional garden designers, we think we can demonstrate ways that anybody could make a small difference and broadcast, not only the beauty, but also the functional importance of horticulture through both traditional knowledge and the latest in growing innovation.”

Anyone thinking of doing a good dead and taking their Monty Don-obsessed grandmother to next year’s horticultural barnstormer might just get a glimpse into a new, greener world in amongst the heaving bunches of hyacinths.

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Tom Dixon Research Studio/IKEA

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Tom Dixon Research Studio/IKEA