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

For The Love of Plants and Cleaning

For The Love of Plants and Cleaning

I love the simple TwoFaced Window, a window that allows you to conveniently clean both the sides of the pane and nurture plants according to the elements. The window pivots and does a full 360-degree rotation. Well the cleaning aspect is one part of the design, however the thoughtful incorporation of a flowerbed and its maintenance, scores it many brownie points!

0 Designers: Junkyung Kim & Yonggu Do

Flower Talk

Flower Talk

The Floating Pot is for both the green thumb folks and the not-so-plant-savvy people like me. Basically it’s a pot-in-pot where the inner pot floats up to a certain level when water is poured into it. As and when the water gets absorbed the inner pot sinks, indicating replenishment of water. The green-thumb folks will look at it as a two-way communication between their beloved plant and them. Forgetful folks like me will take it as a reminder to water the plant before it dies!

0 Designers: Dahyun Song, Donghan Seo & Diach Seo

Home for the Modern Bird

Home for the Modern Bird

Designer Alejandra Castelao gives the traditional birdhouse a total facelift with this unorthodox design, the Nido Birdhouse. Made from ceramic and coated with a lead-free glaze, this geometric, multifaceted home is better shaped to resist the elements, and sports a futuristic feel our feathered friends are sure to appreciate.

0 Designer: Alejandra Castelao

Plasti-Perch

Plasti-Perch

An alternative to the traditional wooden birdhouse, this playful design by Quentin de Coster is composed of thermoformed polystyrene and aluminum, making for a durable and long-lasting home for feathered residents. The circular disk that supports the house also doubles as the perfect perch for sun bathing.

0 Designer: Quentin de Coster

Horticulture Therapy

Horticulture Therapy

Nuum is a planter designed for individuals to explore their restorative possibilities through human and plant interaction. Confused?In a nutshell, it’s a self watering planter. Inspiration came from horticultural therapy. Horticultural therapy involves a therapist assisting their patient in achieving a goal of both emotional and/or physical healing using plants and gardening techniques.

0 Designer: Lavinia Chu

City Compost Bin

City Compost Bin

Composting is an important, vital part to creating a sustainable city but few urbanites engage in the activity because of stigmas. The idea of having a heap of organic trash slowly decomposing away inside a hot box doesn’t seem very sanitary but to change that perception, the C/N concept aesthetically improves the appearance and ease of use of city compositing bins.

0 Designer: La Seconde d'Après

Beautifully Disposed Trash

Beautifully Disposed Trash

The sight of ugly trash bins in scenic parks certainly mars the natural beauty. Bryant Park Litter Receptacles and Recycling Bins put an end to the eyesores and appear as inspirational pieces that urge us to be responsible citizens. The bins come in three variations, one for general trash, one for papers and one for cans and bottles. The linear detailing, colors and operational slits match the function of each bin.

0 Designer: Ignacio Ciocchini for the Bryant Park Corporation in New York

Analog Cooling of Interior Spaces

Analog Cooling of Interior Spaces

How would you like to be able to cool your house (assuming you live in a part of the world where it gets hot enough to need cooling) without the use of electricity at all, whatsoever? What if instead of using electric power to stay cool in your home all day, all you had to do was run a bit of cold water in the morning? It appears that designers Mey kahn and Boaz Kahn have transported an ancient secret into the now that’ll do just that, and with a fantastically lovely bit of interior design as a conduit.

0 Designers: Mey kahn and Boaz Kahn

Lofty Fruit and Plant Storage

Lofty Fruit and Plant Storage

So you’ve got some tiny plants and you’ve got a few bananas and orange you need stored somewhere in your kitchen but you just cant find the space, right? Check this design out. It’s called Cocoon and it’s made for kitchen storage. It’s made to be a storage unit that combines decoration, storage, and cultivation for the kitchen and the kitchen window. It’s got an organic shape so the plants will love you, and it’s got an alcove for all your round and banana-shaped belongings.

0 Designer: Mans Salomonsen

Spiral Garden System Fit for Urbanites

Spiral Garden System Fit for Urbanites

Another awesome concept from IIDA, the Spiral Garden System is a proposal for a sustainable public garden that’s totally self-sufficient. The architecture adds interest to the urban landscape with its transparent, yet suggestive mesh cage. Native vegetation greenhouses coexist with urban orchards along a walkway that just beckons to be used. It’s a great “twist” on the typical urban garden and looks to be well suited for any plot size. Hat tip to Designboom.

0 Designers: Benet Dalmau, Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert & Carmen Vilar

Reforest the Planet

Reforest the Planet

The WaterDisxx makes it possible to plant seeds almost anywhere. It provides the seed with everything it needs to grow, and makes reforrestation of desert areas possible in a economical way. It’s designed to be easy to manufacture, transport and installed. The advertising on the product is a good way to fund it and makes it possible for companies to show environmental effort. It’s based on the work of groasis, the international initiative to re-green the planet.

0 Designer: Roel Verhagen Kaptein

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