design research studio, tom dixon‘s in-house design and innovations agency, has partnered with IKEA to present their shared vision on the future of urban farming. as part of the RHS chelsea flower show 2019,the two will present gardening will save the world, an experimental model for growing plants in the urban environment.

tom dixon & IKEA present experimental garden for the future of urban farmingall images courtesy of design research studio, tom dixon and IKEA



tom dixon’s design research studio and IKEA have envisioned a two-level garden, which will explore the contrast of the super-natural and technological to provide a sustainable, affordable solution for people to grow food and medicinal plants at home and beyond. the garden’s base includes a horticultural laboratory where hydroponic technology is implemented to grow hyper-natural edibles, while the upper level features a botanic oasis. its naturalistic aesthetic encourages visitors to immerse themselves in a canopy-like ecosystem of trees, flowers, and plants, packed with medicinal, health, and environmental benefits.


‘gardening is unique in its universal appeal and its transformational power,’ notes tom dixon. ‘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.’ tom dixon & IKEA present experimental garden for the future of urban farming



project info:


name: gardening will save the world

designers: tom dixon design reasearch studio, IKEA

location: RHS chelsea flower show

duration: 21 may 2019 – 25 may 2019