Young designer Pia Wüstenberg is currently into moss.
Over the past year or so she's been working on a research project called 'MossStory', documenting places of moss growth and collecting samples with the aim of understanding the needs of the plant well enough in order to use to it as a material for objects.
And here's one of her first designs which uses moss as part of its structure.
Called ‘Strange Vase', the piece is inspired by the urban environment and combines concrete reinforced with paper, with greenery in the form of lines of moss.
The shape of the vase is traditional when viewed from the front, but morphs oddly when the perspective changes; and presumably constantly as the grooves of moss grow.
"I am fascinated by the resilience and beauty of this family of plants that manages to infiltrate any inhabitable ground - whether urban or rural." Pia says of the MossStory project.
"The research has led me to meet with some leading British Bryologists and enjoy the ancient archives of the National History Museum, London, where apparently some of these centuries old samples could still be retrieved to life!"
Pia's also experimented with embedding moss into fabric to create rugs - check it all out on her website via the link below.