Every Drop Goes Into the Flowerpot

Sometimes it takes a simple re-design to add functionality and solve a problem. For example the Cavity Flowerpot – it’s designed with four receptacles to hold wet umbrellas. Excess water drains off and collects into a dish whereby plants absorb into their root system. Good idea.

Designer: Merve Sarışın

    35 Comments

    • when I see the design, I don't understand first..Now I see…Good job…

    • when I see the design, I don't understand first..Now I see…Good job…

    • James says:

      Many people have tried to come up with a decent idea for an umbrella drying rack / stand but although lovely ideas, none of them have ever been practical. This is a lovely design and the most simple and realistic in terms of actually having people guy it but yet again, it just wouldn't work. When you dry an umbrella, you do so with it fully open. You can't dry an umbrella closed like that, the folds stay wet and can lead to rust on the 'spokes' if that's what they're called. I know because I've tried it. It has to be laid out fully open for it to work. Also there's not that much water that physically falls off, it stays on it as droplets mostly and evaporates off during the day. Again, lovely idea as a general umbrella stand in an office for example but for drying them, it just wouldn't work.

      • Ronald Zhu says:

        Well, that is true, but you need to have it closed in certain situations. If they employed this throughout the use of restaurants, that would be nice because you wouldn't open your umbrella to dry while people eat and dine.

        • James says:

          Well like I mentioned, it's a nice idea for an office to just put your umbrella away for the day or as you say, in a cafe or something and hopefully it wouldn't get mixed up or stolen. But it still wouldn't fulfill its primary objective as a drying apparatus or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. I'd certainly use it in the type of shop where you can eat and read just so it's not by my feet getting them wet. Whatever situation you're in, if it's closed it's not drying which defies its purpose, and the plant would die. It's a lovely simplistic design, just the practicalities don't hold up in real life is all.

          • Merve Sarışın says:

            It is primarily aim is not drying umbrella or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. It is basically a flowerpot and its additional feature is holding wet umbrella in some short time situations. Like you mentioned, it is for use of restaurants, cafes, offices, etc. And there is only four receptacles to hold umbrellas so I don't think they get mixed. It is possible to get water from the base of the pot. Certainly you must continue to get water the plant in standard way, it provides a little contribution of watering. It has just a symbolic meaning about water shortage, even one drop can not be wasted.

    • James says:

      Many people have tried to come up with a decent idea for an umbrella drying rack / stand but although lovely ideas, none of them have ever been practical. This is a lovely design and the most simple and realistic in terms of actually having people guy it but yet again, it just wouldn't work. When you dry an umbrella, you do so with it fully open. You can't dry an umbrella closed like that, the folds stay wet and can lead to rust on the 'spokes' if that's what they're called. I know because I've tried it. It has to be laid out fully open for it to work. Also there's not that much water that physically falls off, it stays on it as droplets mostly and evaporates off during the day. Again, lovely idea as a general umbrella stand in an office for example but for drying them, it just wouldn't work.

      • Ronald Zhu says:

        Well, that is true, but you need to have it closed in certain situations. If they employed this throughout the use of restaurants, that would be nice because you wouldn't open your umbrella to dry while people eat and dine.

        • James says:

          Well like I mentioned, it's a nice idea for an office to just put your umbrella away for the day or as you say, in a cafe or something and hopefully it wouldn't get mixed up or stolen. But it still wouldn't fulfill its primary objective as a drying apparatus or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. I'd certainly use it in the type of shop where you can eat and read just so it's not by my feet getting them wet. Whatever situation you're in, if it's closed it's not drying which defies its purpose, and the plant would die. It's a lovely simplistic design, just the practicalities don't hold up in real life is all.

          • Merve Sarışın says:

            It is primarily aim is not drying umbrella or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. It is basically a flowerpot and its additional feature is holding wet umbrella in some short time situations. Like you mentioned, it is for use of restaurants, cafes, offices, etc. And there is only four receptacles to hold umbrellas so I don't think they get mixed. It is possible to get water from the base of the pot. Certainly you must continue to get water the plant in standard way, it provides a little contribution of watering. It has just a symbolic meaning about water shortage, even one drop can not be wasted.

          • Merve Sarışın says:

            It is primarily aim is not drying umbrella or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. It is basically a flowerpot and its additional feature is holding wet umbrella in some short time situations. Like you mentioned, it is for use of restaurants, cafes, offices, etc. And there is only four receptacles to hold umbrellas so I don't think they get mixed. It is possible to get water from the base of the pot. Certainly you must continue to get water the plant in standard way, it provides a little contribution of watering. It has just a symbolic meaning about water shortage, even one drop can not be wasted.

    • David Chen says:

      These droplets down along the umbrella can really be in pot soil absorbs? I doubt that.

    • David Chen says:

      These droplets down along the umbrella can really be in pot soil absorbs? I doubt that.

    • Try says:

      i thought you water from top? can plants get water from the base of the pot? if so i might water my plant’s base instead of say, from top

    • Try says:

      i thought you water from top? can plants get water from the base of the pot? if so i might water my plant’s base instead of say, from top

    • Phigo says:

      yes depending on your plant you should do that. Some plants actually need to be watered at the the base and not from the top.

    • It is primarily aim is not drying umbrella or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. It is basically a flowerpot and its additional feature is holding wet umbrella in some short time situations. Like you mentioned, it is for use of restaurants, cafes, offices, etc. It has just four receptacles to hold wet umbrellas so I don't think they get mixed up. And it is possible to get water from the base of the pot. Certainly you must continue to get water in a standard way, it provides a little contribution to watering. It has just a symbolic meaning, even one drop can not be wasted.

    • It is primarily aim is not drying umbrella or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. It is basically a flowerpot and its additional feature is holding wet umbrella in some short time situations. Like you mentioned, it is for use of restaurants, cafes, offices, etc. It has just four receptacles to hold wet umbrellas so I don't think they get mixed up. And it is possible to get water from the base of the pot. Certainly you must continue to get water in a standard way, it provides a little contribution to watering. It has just a symbolic meaning, even one drop can not be wasted.

    • It is primarily aim is not drying umbrella or sustaining the plant with enough water to live. It is basically a flowerpot and its additional feature is holding wet umbrella in some short time situations. Like you mentioned, it is for use of restaurants, cafes, offices, etc. It has just four receptacles to hold wet umbrellas so I don't think they get mixed up. And it is possible to get water from the base of the pot. Certainly you must continue to get water in a standard way, it provides a little contribution to watering. It has just a symbolic meaning, even one drop can not be wasted.

    • DAVE says:

      Plants do get moisture from deep inside the soil….thats the main function of ROOTS of a plant…
      one suggestion: (as i was working for the same problem/idea)- you can have an earthen pot(porous pot) which can at least solve the purpose of plant getting water…. the other benefit is earthen pots do not produce odor, that stagnant water is supposed to produce….
      And the design can always be improved…
      nice work

    • DAVE says:

      Plants do get moisture from deep inside the soil….thats the main function of ROOTS of a plant…
      one suggestion: (as i was working for the same problem/idea)- you can have an earthen pot(porous pot) which can at least solve the purpose of plant getting water…. the other benefit is earthen pots do not produce odor, that stagnant water is supposed to produce….
      And the design can always be improved…
      nice work

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