Plants of Light

Plants of Light

Schattengewächs begins like any other grow-it-yourself plant kit but the payoff isn’t a real plant, rather it’s a light – shaped like flowers, trees and even insects. Adore the play between real and artificial. There’s no power switch. It automatically “grows” thanks to a photosensor and the whole thing runs on four coin cell batteries. The pot is made of clay and all the inner bits are molded from biological plastic. By the way, Maximilian Winkel is an awesome name. I will say it all day today.

0 Designer: Maximilian Winkel

Providing of Garden Access

Providing of Garden Access

Who loves alterations? We love alterations. Especially when they turn a Victorian house in a conservative area with access to the backyard garden only through a utility room between the basement and ground floors. It was just silly! Now it’s spectacular. Architect Tamir Addadi, quickly becoming a favorite of mine, took this space and transformed it into a modern masterpiece.

0 Designer: Tamir Addadi

Composting in Muted Tones

Composting in Muted Tones

It’s the funny situation we’re in as a society, one where we’ve got lovely green resources such as plant “waste” that ends up going to waste each day of the year simply because our day-to-day lives don’t have room for collecting and using. Instead that waste does indeed go to waste, but designers Patrice Mouillé & Alain Tessier want to put a hand toward ending that with Vertuo, a Worm composter.

0 Designer: Patrice Mouillé & Alain Tessier

Spontaneous Mediterranean Pots

Spontaneous Mediterranean Pots

This project goes by the name “Atesta” and it’s going to make your plants look so amazing you aren’t going to know what to do with yourself. You’ll wish there was such a thing as a human planter, these plant pots look so nice. Designers at Series D have reinvented the plant pot in a way that makes them modular. These pots stand up tall and can be grouped to act as more of a space divider than a plant holder. More than ever before the pot becomes part of the ephemeral space of your yard, deck, lobby, or any other place you might plant a lovely plant.

0 Designer: Series D

The Ground Explosion

The Ground Explosion

Behold! From the earth underfoot jumps forth a sculpture of epic preportions, with a light in it too! This is a single-house project. There’s only one of these amazing amalgamations. But look, if enough people flip out over it, go nuts over it, break a blood vessel in their forhead for it, maybe it’ll be made on a large scale? I hope so. This is fabulous. What this project consists of is metal triangles embedded into the ground in a grid, a grid with the ability to hold triangles that appear to burst forth from the ground. Two planes pushing against each other.

0 Designers: Raveevarn Choksombatchai (principal), Robbie Crabtree, and Jeremy Steiner of VeeV Design

Jello Cup, For Real

Jello Cup, For Real

On June 26th, the Gowanus Studio Space hosted the 2nd annual Jell-O Mold competition in Brooklyn, New York. The competition encouraged artists, designers, chefs, and lovers of Jell–O to use gelatin in new and unexpected ways. A company called The Way We See The World won for sculptural/structural integrity with Jelloware – a set of delicious, squishy, colorful glasses.

0 Designer: The Way We See The World

Southern California Goes Solar Plant

Southern California Goes Solar Plant

Solar panels have been around for quite a few years now, but like any great technology, it takes hundreds of iterations before it catches on as a perfectly suitable solution to masses of everyday problems. Here’s another piece in that great puzzle. Nectar Design’s made a fabulously pretty set of plant-esque solar panels by the name of Solarflora™. This project’s already been adopted by a charter school in Southern California. Plant em everywhere! Cute!

0 Designer: Nectar Design

Glass Flower Pot

Glass Flower Pot

Botanists have secrets and we must learn them. Did you know some plants perform better when their roots are directly exposed to sunlight? A common example is the popular orchid. Every time I buy one, it dies within weeks. The Life Pot is a clear glass container that shows subsoil growth. That plant’s roots become part of the sculptural element. Don’t worry about breaking it because it’s made from Pyrex glass.

0 Designers: Jomi Marco & Josep Armengol

Growing Pot

Growing Pot

What a fool I was for not posting this yesterday! Now it’s 4/21 and I’m making a joke about marijuana. But in fact, it’s only a play on words. The project you’re about to take a peek at is called “Growing Up”, and in fact it is, truly, a growing pot. It is a pot that is adjustable for a growing plant, getting bigger as the plant it houses gets bigger, allowing for a longer stay for the plant, and less pots used.

0 Designer: JunBum Park

Mario Bros. Garden

Mario Bros. Garden

Had enough of planting fake crops in Farmville, but not quite ready to go totally Martha Stewart in your garden? Designer “Sexin” has created “THE RIPE RADISH” for you. This solar lawn lamp serves many a purpose. First, it’s a solar powered lawn lamp that is white during the day as it collects solar power-ups, then at night it  glows red to light your way, cute! Second, it’s a house for your soon to be born radish buddies, still cute! And lastly, it’s a neat way to play the new Super 3D Mario Garden! (No Batteries Required. Yoshi and Daisy not included).

0 Designer: Arthur Xin

Grow Ye a Sculpture

Grow Ye a Sculpture

If there’s one thing I love, it’s sculptures that grow. Grow and grow and grow until they break out of whatever they were in and become a monster that destroys the entire Earth! Oh my goodness watch out world, “Terraform Stulpture” by Robert Cannon is just the kind of sculpture to do such a thing as that! Plants and rocks, rocks and plants! Actually moss. Moss seats, moss circles, and moss towers!

0 Designer: Robert Cannon

Do It for The Birdies

Do It for The Birdies

Park benches are a thing I’ve seen innovated upon not nearly enough. I must admit that when it comes down to it, a seat in a park is a seat in a park, and metal + wood has served this world kindly for many years. However! There is someone who wants more! The common park bird. Those little tweeties they say hey, we want some more interaction here, we want to be even closer to those friendly humans always feeding us bread crumbs and whatnot, we love em!

0 Designer: Marlen Hähle

Massive Agricultural Urbanism

Massive Agricultural Urbanism

One of the biggest challenges in architecture is to create homes that provide more than just shelter. We’re on a slow march of strip mining our resources so the question is, can a home benefit the community and in turn, the environment? Agricultural Urbanism is a proposed residential project that combines thousand year old terrance farming with modern construction.

0 Designer: Greg Chung Whan Park

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