Korean design studio Monocomplex created this innovative modular shelving system, called Hide and Seek. Beautiful geometry of the shelves combined with harmonious plant integration make for ideal urban storage. Choose between closed drawers and open sections, straight and tilted dividers, regular shelves and the plant friendly ones. Such an elegant idea. I especially love the clever compartment for bigger flower pots incorporated into the unit. You can have an actual tree without sacrificing any floor space. That’s hard to beat.
London based studio JiB came up with this beautiful multifunctional item. The piece, called Credenza O, is divided between traditional storage a versatile area, that can be used in several different ways. The sunken top surface makes room for the ceramic pieces, handmade by a celebrated ceramist Sun Kim. These vases of various diameter can be used as planters (which is my favorite option), storage vessels or simply left alone as empty decorative objects. The furniture is hand crafted in a workshop in Britain.
Here is a noteworthy concept by French designer Clement Sarrodie – Botanic Hydroponic Furniture. In his attempt to introduce more greenery to the everyday life, Sarrodie designed three pieces of furniture for hydroponic plants. Each item allows us to grow our precious botanicals while creating a beautiful setting for them. Would be interesting to see these items produced.
These hanging planters by Art Terre, called Accessory #0, can be suspended from a metal rode and allow enjoy home greenery without cluttering precious counter space. Versatile and adaptable, they can be put in various configurations and used anywhere around the house. If you have a bar for hanging things from – you can attach these planters to it. Made from 100% Pévétex, a recycled and recyclable material harvested from automobile industry, Accessory #0 is durable enough to be used both indoors and outdoors. The adjustable straps allow customizing the planter exactly to the place it occupies. Beautiful.
Who can resist a clever compact indoor garden? Definitely, not me. Auxano hydroponic system by Cardiff based designer Philip Houiellebecq incorporates all essentials of a full-cycle setup in one sleek low-maintenance package. The Auxano garden is window mounted, so that every bit of sunlight is used for growing herbs and veggies.
In the designer’s words: “Auxano was designed to enable the ever increasing amount of city dwellers to grow their own produce effectively and efficiently within the space constraints of city living. Auxano provides very economical vegetable and herb growth rates through maximising exposure to the commonly ignored natural resource in many city flats; sunlight. Its innovative oxygenating pump system further enhances its green credentials in that no electricity is needed for the product to operate.”
Sounds promising. Follow Auxano on Facebook for latest developments and purchasing information.
Hydroponic herb gardens are a perfect solution for cramped apartment living. There’s one problem – they are not always compact and often take too much of the valuable counter real estate. This design concept by François-Xavier Martouzet combines all pleasures of indoor gardening in a smart tiny package. The system includes a C-shaped frame with LED lamp and three containers for herbs. Looking a lot like an appliance, BB Little Garden won’t be out of place in the kitchen. And the fresh herbs it produces can be grown year round. Clever.
There is a lot to love about this railing planter by Greenbo – it is functional, durable, easy on the eye, space-saving and compatible with the large variety of railings. It does not require any adjustments. Simply place it on your railing, deck or fence and its design assures that it will stay fit and stable. Beautiful. And because it is made out of strong heavy duty plastic, it will withstand the weather. The planter comes in eight vibrant colors, which, thanks to the UV protection components, will not fade. It also includes two built-in draining trays, that are removable, cleanable and replaceable. The product is available for purchase at the Yanko store.
Here is a great gardening idea from designer Joey Roth – a self-watering planter. Made from naturally porous unglazed earthenware, the piece retains water in its clever central chamber. This water then seeps into the surrounding soil and hidrates the plant. The designer claims that the concept has been inspired by the Olla, an ancient irrigation tool that farmers still use to conserve water in arid climates. Although the item is not particularly compact, it is capacious and can fit up to three herbs or six succulents. An excellent contender for an indoor/outdoor garden in a pot.
Paris based designer Patrick Nadeau created this hip and flexible planter for the German brand Authentics. Aptly called Urban Garden Bag, the piece offers a modern way to create an indoor garden when space is tight. Made of black coated polyester fabric, the Urban Garden Bag is lined with an inner sack of watertight PVC geomembrane. Each bag has a water retaining clay granulate drainage system in the bottom along with three water-level gauges. The bags are available in three sizes: small (1 liter), medium (2,5 liters) and large (9 liters). Available for purchase here.
This innovative flower pot from Psychic Factory is a great idea for forgetful urban gardeners and those who travel a lot. The piece, called iGrow, conserves a week’s supply of water that gets automatically absorbed by the soil. The design prevents spills and allows to avoid access water (a breeding ground for insects). Beautiful, simple and straightforward concept.
(via yanko design)