Plant Fever
Towards a Phyto-centred Design

Conceived and curated by d-o-t-s, Plant Fever is an invitation to look at plants with renewed curiosity and discover their hidden potential. Highlighting the work of contemporary thinkers and practitioners, the project wishes to act as a catalyst for new design scenarios that favour more profound relationships between humans and the vegetal realm.


For centuries, our inherent alienation from nature has prevented us from truly understanding the potential of plants as more than simple materials or decorative objects. In recent years, however, new scientific discoveries and philosophical approaches have reframed our relationship with them, questioning the dualism human/nature so much rooted in Western thinking.
Echoing the belief of American ecologist Ian Baldwin that "we should try to think like plants", designers, scientists and engineers, started to look into plants’ structures and behaviours adopting them as allies to develop solutions for current and upcoming environmental and social issues.

Plant Fever proposes to look at the future of design from this new vegetal perspective, moving from a human-centred to a phyto-centred design.

The touring exhibition

Featuring a modular and easy-to-mount scenography, Plant Fever was imagined as a travelling show that can be adapted to various European venues and engage with their audiences in ever-changing ways.

CID Grand-Hornu (BE)
18.10.2020 - 07.03.2021
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (CH)
03.12.2021 - 03.04.2022
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Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden (DE)
29.04 - 31.10.2023
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The publications

Conceived as an activist and multilayered project, Plant Fever comprises also a book and a manifesto that enrich the exhibition’s narrative with further critical perspectives on humans-plants relationships.

The exhibits

Ranging from products and fashion items to material research, open-source devices and emerging technologies, the 50+ projects featured in Plant Fever represent the work of creatives from more than 20 countries. Here are some examples.

Artichair by Spyros Kizis
Photo © Spyros Kizis
Elowan by Harpeet Sareen & Pattie Maes
Photo © Sareen&Maes
Eritaj Kontré by dach&zephir
Photo © Jiès Cléodore

Hemp Shoes by Liz Ciokajlo
Photo © Stephanie P. Corwin

The Phytophiler by Dossofiorito
Photo © Omar Nadalini
Viride by Pablo Figuera & Àlvaro Goula
Photo © Goula-Figuera

Reading suggestions

The research behind Plant Fever is informed & nourished by an ever-evolving bibliography. The volumes listed here are an excellent way to start your journey in the fascinating world of plants.


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Concept & curation: d-o-t-s
Visual identity: Matthieu Visentin
Exhibition scenography: Benoît Deneufbourg
Production & logistics: CID au Grand-Hornu

The curatorial team wishes to thank:
Marco Costantini, Marie Pok, Livia Rossi & Gianluca Giabardo, Markus Jeschaunig, Antonio Scarponi, Emanuele Coccia, Irene Cuzzaniti, Coline Fontaine, Quentin Hiernaux, Laura Maggi, Deborah Tyler, Dana Olarescu, Barbara Predan, Giada Seghers, Marie de Cossette, Giovanna Massoni, Špela Petrič, Natasha Mis, Denise Neri, Scott Hawthorn, All the website’s guest authors, 

Plant Fever is a project curated by d-o-t-s and produced by the Belgian museum CID Grand-Hornu. Visual identity by Matthieu Visentin. Exhibition scenography by Benoît Deneufbourg