These cardboard box inspired planters by Flora made me look. Produced from zinc plated sheet metal, the items turn this seemingly temporary design into the permanent and iconic one. The planters range from a container for large plants, such as shrubs and bushes used in landscape design, to the smallest box for a cactus or table-top candle. So, you can choose the size, suitable for your unique space requirements. They can also be equipped with wheels and optional plastic insert for indoor gardening. The Box planters come in light grey, black or Corten steel.
This beautiful minimalist panter, called hanabunko made me look. Produced by Japanese company 224porcelain, the piece dicguises itself as a book. It even comes with its own book cover… A beautiful way to add greenery to any shelf and save space.
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Good Erdle was launched in 2012 by Andrew and Richard Erdle, father and son design duo. Their first product is a real eye candy for any urban gardener. The series of modular stoneware clay planters can fit beautifully in small apartments. Place them separately around the room or gather them into various shapes, depending on your counter space situation. There are no drainage holes in the legs, so you never have to worry about water leaking out. You can fill those with sand, stones or charcoal to absorb water. The legs also allow you to run cables and cords underneath - perfect for desks and kitchen counters. Cood Erdle planter collection is on sale at Fab for the next two days.
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Urban gardening is a romantic endeavor, it requires more faith than virtually any other aspect of city life. Some citi dwellers, author included, bravely line up their little plantations on fire escapes. But as charming as it is, the idea is exposed to two dangerous elements – squirrels and superintendents… Thankfully, Paris based company Barreau&Charbonnet had a better solution. Their innovative window planter, called Volet Végétal, uses the air space outside a window. This drawbridge-like construction is mounted against a windowsill and, with a pulley system, extends out about five feet. The planter easily moves back to a vertical position for watering, maintenance and, if you’re lucky, harvest. Integrated planter boxes fit into pivoting frames to prevent plants from falling out. The entire system is easily removed from the window and brought inside to become a free standing garden – perfect for winter. Volet Végétal is on view at the Paris urban garden show, Jardins Jardin, till June 3.
(via Urban Gardens)
Houseplants, as much as we love them, are major space eaters. Especially the ones that exhibit signs of life. Luckily, this clever and beautiful design by Kawamura Ganjavian allows us to tame our homegrown jungle and organize it into a series of neat vertical structures. Called Parramyd, the system is comprised of modular pyramidal elements that connect to each other intuitively. By weaving branches through these links, we can create a structure that guides the way a plant grows. Parramyd will work with the hanging plants too. Ingenious!.. The elements come in two different sizes to accommodate a large variety of plants.
As the days get warmer, many of us, urban folks, exhibit renewed faith in indoor gardening. I certainly do. And as I was searching for small space friendly options, I have found this brilliant thing – Woolly Pockets. These modular gardening containers are handmade in the USA from an industrial felt made of 100% recycled plastic bottles. This material makes the pockets breathable, allowing soil to refresh its oxygen supply. The indoor/outdoor version is lined with a moisture barrier to protect wall finishes. And being a modular system, you can not only grow your plants but you can grow the plant wall itself by simply adding on more pockets at the sides or top and bottom. Vertically, without cluttering any precious surfaces. When empty, Woolly Pockets fold flat for easy storage. Available at Module R.
We, deprived of nature urban dwellers, love our house plants. But we also kill them. In our crazy heads it always feels that we have just watered them last night, when in fact it’s been weeks… If this sounds familiar – you will appreciate this clever concept by Belgian designer Kenneth Van Steenberge, conceived in collaboration with Brecht Van Kerrebroeck, Michèle Feys and Camille Houyet. Potz is a flowerpot with an internal water tank that visually shows when the plant needs water. It consists of two parts. The internal component floats inside the external component and a wick transports water from the reservoir to the plant. The contrasting color detail makes the hydration state of the plant even clearer (it also looks very refreshing). Another exciting concept I would love to see produced.
Zerino table by Italian studio AK47 is a fun and multifunctional piece. It can be accessorized with various additional uses according to your changing tastes and necessities. The table can feature a planter, a candleholder or even a small elegant fireplace, thanks to the addition of a ready-to-assemble bioethanol burner kit. The tabletop is not really on a small size, but neither is a storage compartment underneath it, which can hold your books, periodics, work-related items and more. Beautiful, clever design, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
(Via Urban Gardens)
These multifunctional bookends by young Baltimore based designer Nicole Runde are milled from solid cork, a rapidly-renewable and eco-friendly material. The pieces can be used as planters or pencil holders (depending on how green your thumb is). And because cork is a perfect bulletin board material, these bookends can serve as heavy duty organizers and hold notes, photographs, reminders and such. Each piece comes with a removable plastic insert that can be washed and reused. Sold at Canoe.
Naturwall by Turkish design agency Designnobis is a clever way to reuse disposable plastic cups by turning them into planters. To illustrate their vision, designers collected about ten used plastic disposable coffee cups, washed them off, then created a simple flexible metal holder system to hang the cups, transforming them into a vertical garden. By adding these metal holders together you can create a garden of any size. Simple, pragmatic and graceful project! No wonder it has already scored a Green Dot Build Award.
(via Urban Gardens)