Tree of Light

Tree of Light

There’s something about rainbows and light manipulation that has captivated people throughout time. The Optical Tree by Lisa Pettibone employs the playful optical effects of light bending in an eye-catching system of hand-blown glass spheres, prisms and mirrors in the form of a tubular steel tree that stands out in the garden at the National Trust Property in Lacock, Wltshire.

0 Designer: Lisa Pettibone

World of Worms

World of Worms

Like many kids (and much to my parents dismay), I was mesmerized by worms! The Miniville compost system capitalizes on this obsession, teaching kids the importance of worms and composting through an interactive, modular “city” structure that gives little ones a first-hand look into the process so they can… well… see how worms work!

0 Designers: Various

H2Mow

H2Mow

The innovative Crab lawn mower aims to cut back on both environmental and noise pollution caused by conventional mowers. The hydrogen fuel cell powered mower runs almost silently and is also chemical emission free. A push button start, straightforward controls and simple recharger make it extremely easy to operate for any user. The compact mower’s handle also folds flat onto the body for easy storage or transport.

0 Designers: Otto Polefko and Balazs Botos

No Green Thumb Needed

No Green Thumb Needed

These days, very few people have the outdoor space to garden and grow their own herbs for cooking. The sleek BB Little Garden was designed with urban dwellers in mind and makes it possible to have fresh herbs all year round. Aesthetically and functionally, it’s more like a modern appliance and will blend perfectly in any kitchen.

0 Designer: François-Xavier Martouzet

Hydroponics at Home

Hydroponics at Home

Gardening can be a rewarding and therapeutic activity- unfortunately, many urban dwellers will never get the chance to experience it! Using current hydroponics technology, the Auxano concept was designed to enable city dwellers to grow their own produce effectively and efficiently (and without mess!) within the space constraints of city living. Its innovative oxygenating pump system means no electricity is needed for the product to operate.

0 Designer: Philip Houiellebecq

iGrow Everyday!

iGrow Everyday!

iGrow is an innovative flowerpot that meets the demands of our busy schedules, and satisfies our green thumb. The pot is designed to hold a week’s supply of water that automatically gets absorbed by the plant. The design takes care to avoid open stagnant water (a breeding ground for mosquitoes) and protects from accidental spills. It’s well presented and simple to use, making it ideal for lazy people and folks who travel a lot.

0 Designer: Psychic Factory

Romantic Rake

Romantic Rake

The humble rake gets poetic justice with this beautiful concept called ‘Reverse for Rebirth Romance Rake.’ On one hand the redesign assures you of quickly raked-up yards and on the other, it hopes to spice up your living space as an iconic wall decoration. Of course this means you will have to clean the rake-teeth and then display them! Fancy!

0 Designers: Ahn Joonggeun, Lee Sanghyuk, Lee Jaemin & Park Seohee

The Rake Protector

The Rake Protector

The rake can be a useful tool for cleaning up your lawn or garden, but it can also be quite cumbersome when you’re storing or moving it. The simple-named Rake concept offers a solid solution that makes this tool easier to manage. An ABS polymer sheath that extends from the handle protects the stainless steel “teeth” when it’s not in use and keeps them from getting tangled up with your other tools – simply place a foot on the triangle and push to start using!

0 Designer: Jackie Sasson

Gardening for All

Gardening for All

The U-CAN, inspired by the elephant’s super-functional trunk, features an extended tactile spout and built-in wheels on either side of its reservoir that make it easy to pull from gardening area to gardening area. Usable by adults, children and seniors alike, this functional design is particularly useful to users with limited mobility or strength by preventing injuries and exhaustion.

0 Designer: Diane Dupire

Window Gardens

Window Gardens

I’m not a huge fan of voronoi patterns, but I think the randomness works really well for this modern, one-of-a-kind window design. The Plant Window is constructed of a number of planter boxes that together create a natural curtain that filters sunlight. Simply plant your favorite succulent or veggies to transform what would be an ordinary window into a wall of green and sunlight.

0 Designers: Various

Plant Monitor for 2015

Plant Monitor for 2015

A time will soon come when baby monitors will be out of fashion and be replaced with ones for plants. In preparations designer Hyun Seok Kang has devised the Monologue. Just like any gadget that keeps tabs on babies, this one too relays info like temperature, soil condition, moisture levels and the basic mood of the plant. Is it healthy, happy or sad! The thang is voice activated and essentially keeps guiding you on how to be a better mommy plant. Love it!

0 Designer: Hyun Design

Green Thumbs Up for Kids

Green Thumbs Up for Kids

In a world full of mesmerizing indoor toys like computers and video game consoles, it’s easy to lose sight of the bright sun and blue sky found in our own backyard… especially if you’re a kid! Inspired by this idea, these child-safe gardening tools were designed to help promote an active lifestyle, health-conscious attitude, and overall respect for nature. The Parrot pruner, Watermelon watering attachment, and Snail shovel combine whimsical aesthetic with intuitive functionality that will turn gardening from a chore into a fun and exciting outdoor activity.

0 Designer: Chris Armstrong

Irrigator for the Home Gardener

Irrigator for the Home Gardener

The Rugiada waterer is an all-in-one irrigation solution that lets the common user garden like the pros. After inserting into the ground, the user selects the vegetable’s typology and the garden’s dimensions. Internal components including a humidity sensor and photocell for radiation detection automatically regulate the time and kind of irrigation (atomization, sprinkle, or droplets).

0 Designer: ddpstudio

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