Coffee Cup Plant

Coffee Cup Plant

Y in Cup is a project that has good intentions. It wants you to re-use your disposable coffee cup (yes the Starbucks variety) to grow more plants. I mean tiny plants that can dot your home, office or wherever. A combo of seed and fertilizer disk comes attached to the bottom of the Y Cup; simply tear open the package and empty the contents in the rinsed out cup. Add some soil from your backyard and you’re good to go.

0 Designer: Joon Kim

Bottling Water With A Surprise

Bottling Water With A Surprise

Did you know 77% of the world’s plastic bottles end up in landfills? That amounts to tens of metric tons of waste every  year. If recycling isn’t the only answer, maybe we need to think of  new ways to extend the lives of these bottles. Seeds in the Bottle is a project by designer Yun Hwan Sung with a little surprise in each package. Tiny herb seeds are stored inside a pocket you release into the bottle when you’re done with it. Invert the bottle, fill with potting mix, water and instead of filling up landfills, you have an herb garden.

0 Designer: Yun Hwan Sung

Decorating The Roof

Decorating The Roof

Our roofs are oft left neglected coz most of us don’t have green thumbs to transform them into roof gardens. If the inclination is there, then these modular pots called Natural Protector can come in quite handy. What they do is they open up on all four sides to form a waterproof layout-base for growing plants. A network of these opened-up pots on your rooftop plus a couple of fancy seedlings, and you’re good to go.

0 Designer: Kyoungho Ha

Thirty Five Flowers on a Dead Mans Chest

Thirty Five Flowers on a Dead Mans Chest

And when I say Chest, I of course mean the cupboard-type, because these lovely multi-vases are made for land-lubbers. Inside-lubbers too, since they’re vases made of dip-moulded vinyl. Studio Laurens Van Wieringen makes the flower-field, usually only inside for greenhouse growing, to the home environment! How pretty.

0 Designer: Studio Laurens Van Wieringen

Specialized Quarters For Your Plant

Specialized Quarters For Your Plant

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, without soil; and the Eve Lamp here allows you to do just that. It may seem a bit frivolous to have a dedicated home just for a single plant, but those with serious green-thumbs will probably appreciate this. It’s ideal for plants like herbs and salads and even Venus fly traps! Besides lookin pretty on a table-top, the lamp comes with an indicative system to let you know how caring you have been towards the greens.

0 Designer: Alex Ward

Shovel, Rake Or Blow; Take Your Pick

Shovel, Rake Or Blow; Take Your Pick

The “Silver Generation” as referred to by designer Theresa is an ageing, independent lot who rely on simple technology to help them perform their daily chores. Stuff like mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway or raking the leaves was once done by their children for allowances, is now to be done by them. BUD – E is meant to help this generation (who is most often bogged with some age-related medical issue) do such outdoor tasks with ease and independence. The biggest USP…a single machine performs all the aforementioned tasks.

0 Designer: Theresa Berg

10 Concepts on Grass!

10 Concepts on Grass!

First of all, this post is marijuana free, so all you stoners get out while you can still walk. Or stay! These ten grassy concepts might strike your fancy! Everyone else: if you live in any of several neighborhood-based communities in the world, you deal with grass. You deal with grass between 0 and 12 months out of the year, if you’re in the right zone (or just don’t water enough!) Let Yanko take you on a journey between the blades.

Grass ahoy!

0 Designer: Sod-Ridden Minds of Yanko

Why Sprinkles Don’t Have Earth-Shattering Designs

Why Sprinkles Don’t Have Earth-Shattering Designs

Although some folks really swear by their green thumbs, most of the population tends to their gardens for formality sakes. This is probably why we don’t see many concepts for the gardening community on YD. To rectify the situation, allow me to introduce the Water Wheel Lawn Sprinkler System. What’s cool about this rolling lawn sprinkler is that it harnesses the power of water pressure to propel itself forth on the garden hose (which it uses as a track) and get about the business of watering your garden.

0 Designer: Matthew Wyatt Martin

Urban Beehive

Urban Beehive

Get your stingers out for the “Bikube;” it’s a beehive for modern city dwellers who want to help fix the decreasing bee population. The designer of this project, Adam Weaver, attacks the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) problem head-on with this stylish box. It’s a beehive. You attach it to your outside wall. Bees live in it! And you could probably paint flames on it if you wanted to!

0 Designer: Adam Weaver

Bomberman Explodes Plants

Bomberman Explodes Plants

This title maybe misleading but the intention is pretty peaceful! Legend has it that after the World War II got over, American pilot Gale Halvorson airdropped candies in the name of hope, for the Berlin children. War equals devastation, so dropping candies instead of bombs was probably personal retribution. Inspired by this incident, designer Hwang Jin wook and pals have come up with a plan to combat deforestation and desertification of land in a similar fashion. Their mission is called “Seedbomb.”

0 Designers: Hwang Jin wook, Jeon You ho, Han Kuk il & Kim Ji myung

Some Space For Tweety

Some Space For Tweety

I really don’t like the idea of keeping birds for pets as I feel it curbs their freedom to soar the skies. What I do like is the idea of installing birdfeeders instead, this way you can enjoy the scene from afar when an unassuming robin partakes the grains you have left for it. OKKO is as versatile as a birdfeeder can get coz it can either be hung from the ceiling in a balcony (if you have such luxury) or be placed on a post in the garden.

0 Designer: Emir Rifat Isik

Sow Your Seeds, Grow Your Veggies

Sow Your Seeds, Grow Your Veggies

The idea of DIY VeggiePatch is to get involved in the process of growing vegetables for families and communities and in some ways nip food miles, packaging, food processing, and flood irrigation at the top of the food chain process. The project proposes to reduce eco-footprint by using materials like cardboard, banana paper and tire crumb to construct the patch. The pros of the patch include eliminating the need for transportation, refrigeration, and storage of vegetables plus the health benefits of organic food.

0 Designer: Jo Szczepanska

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

Let me tell you a little bit about exterior design. It’s complicated. You don’t just mess around with the property you own that everyone can see. That said, people better not mess with you because of how your property looks. One time, my neighbor was ordered add a coat of paint to his garage (by the state), so he painted it bright-yet-pastel purple. Would you like to say what’s up to the world? It’s “Astro Type” for you.

0 Designer: George Simkin

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