A world consumed by flora is a bizarrely familiar and yet alien concept. Inspired by the interaction between plants and modern technology, ‘Sophia’ was created.

On a trip to New York, amongst many vast and inspiring sites, we became strangely and utterly fascinated by air conditioning units. Hooked onto buildings and protruding like bizarre futuristic limpets, we started to think about what types of plants could possibly survive in this air conditioned environment.

As it happens, we weren’t the only people to wonder – NASA produced a piece of research all about it: Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement (1989) fuelled our inspiration. 

For the design, we conceptualised deconstructing an air-con unit, and having it overrun by plants. By researching plants that live well in the enclosed space of a terrarium, we decided to build one and then attached parts of our dismantled air-con unit. Thus, ‘Sophia’ was born with reference to the fact that plants thrive under musical vibration. 

The shape of the terrarium influenced the angular garments we made to accentuate the idea. Photographs of the air-con unit terrarium design evolved into a deeply coloured, prism-printed bodysuit. Angles, deep greens and the juxtaposition of nature and machine are encapsulated in this collection.

Behind The Scenes

Concept, Construction and Artistic Directors – Tim & Nia Hobbs AKA LuvShifting : Photographer – Matt Sills : Model – Laura Rylands : H&Mup – Marie Jacks : Graphic design, product & BTS shots – ldmdesign : Seamstress – Ana Espina Design : Shoot venues – Bell Intergration : Assistants – Grace, Elsie-Fox, Poppy.


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Whilst we are unsure of what the future holds in regards to large gatherings, Luvshifting will not be taking any further flower client bookings. The good news is we can still chat about your lovely ideas and get you booked in as soon as we know what is going to happen. We are happy to jot down your expected dates but will not take a deposit at this point. If you have already booked and need to move your date you should have already have had an email, but if not, please get in touch at: flowers@luvshifting.com

We make our silk scarves to order, so this is also presently on hold - but we have some stock of Fantastic Authentic, so if you're looking for an amazing gift get in touch at: fashion@luvshifting.com

We are working on our next concept from home whilst schooling our daughter so we may take a little longer to reply to any emails or calls - all of our colleagues and collaborators are also working from their homes so we're playing it really safe. You can always follow our Instagram feeds for some inspiration and laughs!