Hortus in Tabula
An edible garden, Genova, Italy 2011
A garden where there is nothing to eat is unimaginable, so our garden is a place where every gesture has a meaning and where beauty,
harmony, and color exhilarate the senses and satisfy hunger.Flowers and vegetables come together, all beautiful and all edible, so there's no need to think about whether a blossom is supposed to be eaten or just admired.
In the traditional Italian garden, flowers were cultivated along with the vegetables, so they could be collected and brought fresh to adorn the table when they day's vegetables were brought in to serve to guests.
Hence the inspiration for the design of 'Hortus in tabula', a table that brings to mind the very purpose of the garden, where the beautiful and the appetizing blend together amongst fruit and flowers always at our fingertips, where the table serves as the proliferator of perpetual production,
like an eternal Spring.
As per tradition, the space is divided geometrically in separate beds, but not in squares like the four corners of the universe in hortus conclusus. These beds are triangular, evocative of the four elements that form the basis of the order of things and of 'organization of the Universe': an equilateral triangle for earth, scalene for air, isosceles for fire, and right for water. Four elements that merge together like the seasons, each with their own gifts to bring to the table in a constant evolution of colors, scents, and flavors.
'Hortus in tabula' thus evokes the image of an eternal banquet that offers wild fruits and returns our dedication, patience, and love. It symbolizes the gathering, conviviality, and friendship. It brings us back to an ancient ritual.
And what better place to eat than in a garden?