The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other
Side of the Fence by Christian Vivanco


Industrial designer Christian Vivanco has designed a sofa that resembles a picket fence surrounding a lawn.

Called The Grass Is Always Greener on The Other Side of the Fence, the seating can be reconfigured by moving the cushions around.

Here's some more information from Vivanco:

The Grass Is Always Greener on The Other Side of the Fence.

The concept of freedom and the conversation between man and nature have always been a main concern for me.

For this reason, the idea of representing a classic theme as the fence at the hill has been around for some time.

"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" represents two fundamental ideas: the first is the name of the project, with it I tried to express this innate human desire for what is not ours.

The fence represents the man's hand and his effort to control what does not belong to him.

The second inspirational topic, equally important, was the intention of express the values mentioned above by proposing a set of volumes, spaces and textures which may provoke a sense of freedom and comfort.

The best excuse to reflect the concept was a casual sofa, simple and with a personality rather playful and relaxed.

Materials, finishes and configuration allow you to use it in different spaces; the backs are removable, giving you the option to create different configurations depending on the needs of the people who are going to use it, it can be a children's playground or the sofa in the living room of a young home.

See also:


Our Little White Sofa by Christian Vivanco Lighthouse by
Christian Vivanco
From a Lost City by
Christian Vivanco

Posted on Sunday June 6th 2010 at 8:49 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • m

    that’s a rather bad joke, sold as design.

  • Maria

    Really nice. I love the analogy here and the intention to serve different purposes.

  • Chris

    …looks uncomfortable as hell

  • Alex

    Looks nice dude! like the analogy too. +1

  • happygo

    M – its not a bad joke sold as design – it a just a render being sold as content.

  • Prof Z.

    Christian Vivanco has an idea per minute…he is the future of design…

  • kasorp

    I prefer one >GOOD< idea per year to one per minute…

  • HT

    Good concepts around. I want to see the development of them in a near future.

  • Prof Z.

    Design is about opening doors, barriers, frontiers, thinking…
    Fence is a barrier and a barrier could be good conversation starter ( it’s an oxymore) and also a good detournement creative material… see dutch designers ( Droog design) and belgian designer Alain Berteau…
    For me Christian Vivanco is rendering before sketching and it is only at the beginning of the concept….

  • Miguel

    I see a very interesting concept here, ironic and playful.

    It would be very interesting to see how it could become a product keeping that ironic essence. Keep working on that direction!

  • laura skeeters

    you are all envy because you did not come out with this idea.
    It so simple and still nobody thought of it before.
    I find it happy, silly, fun and young.
    It convey a casual and relaxed feel.
    How many “fancy” sofas are out there designed by prominent names with high price tags where not even a mannequin will feel at ease.
    This is for the young and bucolic of us.
    At least at heart.
    Love it.

  • m2

    It’s a wonderful design, offering a little bit of privacy (isn’t that what the fence is often about?) and touch of materials and colors borrowed from nature to the user. I think that if you put it in a busy home, especially with kids, everyone would be fighting over who gets to use it first.