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A Metaphor For A Metaphor: The Grass Is Always Greener...

Inspired by man's innate desire to always want what is not his, Mexican industrial designer Christian Vivanco has taken a verbal metaphor for that desire - "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" - and turned it into a more literal metaphor - a green (grass) sofa with a surrounding picket fence.  Remember, though, there are two sides to that fence....

 

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian VivancoThe Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian Vivanco

 

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian VivancoThe Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian Vivanco

 

Though in the above image the line drawing of the girl reading looks cozy and comfortable, we see from the posture in another drawing of the girl that she is not feeling cozy... perhaps because what she has is not 'green' enough.

 

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian VivancoThe Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian Vivanco

 

And in the next image, a line-drawn boy actually leans over the fence to see what's 'on the other side.'

 

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian VivancoThe Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian Vivanco

 

Vivanco writes that the fence represents man's hands and his effort to control what does not belong to him - another very literal concept, because it describes almost everything we do with our hands.

Though we live surrounded by a fence, Vivanco tries to make the living area (i.e., sofa cushions) very comfortable and plush, flexible and playful.  He has even created the sofa in different colors, which are fun, but don't lend their full spirit to the title of the project: The Grass Is Always Greener on The Other Side of the Fence.

 

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian VivancoThe Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian Vivanco

 

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian VivancoThe Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: design by Christian Vivanco

 

 Christian Vivanco via Dezeen