This beautifully simple self-watering planter makes a lot of sense. Created by Boskke, the piece features an in-built reservoir and a “slo-flo” internal irrigation system that supplies plants with up to 4 weeks of moisture. The body of the pot is made of clear plastic, so you can witness the growing process. And also see when the water level is low. Neat. Available for purchase here.
Repotting plants is such a dread. In my case it is also the time when a plant usually dies (my love for indoor gardening is largely unrequited). And this is why this pot by Helsinki based Italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso is so very clever. Aptly called Fold Pot, the piece grows along with the growing plant. It is made from rubber, so it is flexible enough for adding soil without having to remove the plant. And thanks to the ability to unfold, the Fold Pot doubles its capacity. Available for purchase from designer’s website.
As someone who constantly tries to build a herb garden (with inconsistent results), I always welcome new modular planter ideas. This one comes from Finland based designer Niko Laukkarinen. The Hookie planter can be suspended from your ceiling, freeing windowsills and counters for other important objects. Each piece has a hook on the bottom, so you can combine several planters for a beautiful and space-saving display. The piece is currently being launched at FundedByMe.
French designer Paul Bellila found a beautiful way of bringing piece and calmness of nature into the urban home. He created a furniture collection that features integrated planters. These little islands of greenery decorate everyday items like coffee table, console, bench and others, enhancing the landscape of a city dwelling. The pieces are made from solid oak, the planters are made from elegant stoneware. They come in two colors, black and white.
Taula is a perforated multifunctional table, created by Spanish studio Adretcient. The bottom layer of the tabletop has holes for planters. And the top layer consists of removable panels, so you can control the planter-work surface ratio. You can also add various elements to the tabletop in order to adapt it to different situations. Taula is made of birch and can serve as a desk or a dining table.
Photography by Guifré de Peray
German designer Jörg Brachmann is the creative force behind these cool products. His brand Urbanature is dedicated to bringing greenery into small city apartments. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, each item is thought out with space limitations in mind. I especially love the hybrid of a herb garden and a cutting board – wishlisted. Watch the video after the break to learn more about these designs.
Netherlands based designer Roderick Vos came up with this brilliant hybrid. Bucketlight is a pendant lighting fixture on one side and a planter on the other. The need for this piece was born from the love for greenery and the lack of floor space in designer’s office. Having proven itself useful in a commercial environment, Bucketlight can be a good idea for a small dwelling by the same token. It takes no floor or counter space, it provides more light without adding any cordage clutter, and it brings a little jungle into an urban home. What’s not to love. The lamp is available for purchase from designer’s website.
This unusual concept has been created by Vicky Gonzalez and Ivan Garcia of Monterrey-based creative firm Estudio Manifiesto Futura. The clever packaging for a book turns into a biodegradable sculptural planter. Designers used triangle wood chips and burlap fabric to create a shape, both flexible and stable. Here is how they explain their idea: “To design the object, we rely on materials that were 100% biodegradable. This gave us the opportunity to give another use to the packaging by making a pot. We managed to create an experience of surprise and satisfaction of the re-use of a functional object.” The packaging solution is a project commissioned by Design Week Mexico.
The Aqueduct 3D-printed modular planter by Evan Gant is a very interesting idea. It makes a lot of sense. Here is how designer describes it: “This modular system utilizes the connections between each planter as a method of transferring water from the top planter to the lower planters. Each plant is saturated with water on its way down the bottom planter empties out into a larger potted plant.” How smart is that? And it looks rather cute too. Available for purchase here.
No space for another planter in your shoebox-sized palace? Despair not, reader. Here is a cool way to add greenery to your home without invading useful surfaces – a book shaped ﬂower pot. It can be used both as a free-standing item and with books lined in order. The piece is made of PMMA and PVC for waterprooﬁng. Open the cover page to make it stable as a stand-alone piece and to see the soil inside. The title of the book is “The Life of Plants”. Cute…