Ameeta Sharma Menon, architect:
When Ameeta Sharma Menon started exploring terrarium design, a unique idea—and a need of the hour—was conceived. The Pune-based architect's ardent interest in landscape architecture led her to experiment with rare flora and thus was born a sustainable, lush miniature garden that could grow right on a table. Following extensive research, she worked with certain types of succulents or desert plants that worked well with each other, creating self-sustaining miniature gardens inside glass enclosures, which she'd call Life on your table. 'It was born as a product once I started experimenting with various plant varieties on my own. A lot of time went into trial and error, till I narrowed down the plant combinations. Then, with help from a friend, I propagated it as a brand to get the idea across," recalls Menon. These miniature gardens are available in a variety of bowls, wine glasses, wine goblets, beakers and Victorian jars and can be shipped across the country. Menon of Mu Design believes that Life on your table is the perfect balance of art and science. We find out more about the project.
Tell us about your journey in architecture and design.
I started out as an architect and designer right from interning at CRCI Delhi, where I worked relentlessly on the Red Fort WHO project report. A detailed eye for design and core understanding of the basics is something I developed with my time in conservation architecture. As fresh graduates, my husband and I started up a small firm which today—eight years down the line—has managed to create niche projects in hotels, luxury residences, spas, industries etc.
Describe Life on your table in one line.
Life on your table is miniature garden art in enclosed glass environments.
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