Enemies of Garden

Friends at last! For what greater enemy does a vase have than a baseball? Maybe a cat. But that’s not important right now, because this is the “VaseBall!” In fact it has little to do with baseball at all, and a lot more to do with water and magnets. As you’re soon to see, the base of this vase and the top of the base of the vase each have magnets. When the water in the vase is too low, the lightness and the opposites in the poles make the ball lift!

Makes sense? Opposite poles in the magnets, too powerful for the weight of the ball, makes the ball lift from the ground. When water is added, the weight becomes greater than the power of the magnets.

As the designer Min Seok Song says, the magnets act as an “intermediary in communication between human in plant.” How very poetic and neat!

Designer: Min Seok Song

Vaseball magnetic flower vase by Min Seok Song





  • jj9320 says:

    Super cooooooooool!!!!!!!

  • lee says:

    wow ~~really simple
    and looks cleaaaaaaar
    I don’t know how can you make that design
    u should make that product and then I’ll
    buy it .

  • monkeyfrog says:

    do plants get sick of super-magnet-fields?

    • stan says:

      Through a number of experiments, it has proved that magnets play a positive effect on the plants. Magnets can have impact on the percentage and rate of germination of seeds in plants and also on the growth and composition of the seedlings. Two experiments were conducted by a group of scientists, who found that the seeds which were exposed to magnet sprouted faster and they also developed deeper roots. They showed about 20 to 40 faster rate of growth. This shows that magnets have a positive impact on the plants and if they are used in agricultural sector, then they can increase the yield of agricultural crops.

      • Gunnar Tveiten says:


        Unless offcourse, you want to provide references to those “number of experiments”.

        Oh that’s right ! More alternative mumble-jumble.

        But magnets won’t hurt either, putting ones in a vase should make no difference to the plant whatsoever.

  • P says:

    Please…. do u really believe this would work ..???? magnets to lift a ball without falling ??? .. yes its poetic .. but is concept design about poetry ????

  • dmonte says:

    This concept is really cool. I love it!

    Q: Will magnets make plants grow taller?

    A: Magnets affect the height of a plant. On radishes, it makes them shorter. On most plants, it causes it to grow faster and taller.


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  • Lamah says:

    Magnets do not work that way, sorry. The platform will be unstable, it’ll fall over instantly. You need to actively power it to stabilize it (and they’d probably have to be very strong magnets).

    From Wikipedia:

    “Earnshaw’s theorem proved conclusively that it is not possible to levitate stably using only static, macroscopic, paramagnetic fields. The forces acting on any paramagnetic object in any combination of gravitational, electrostatic, and magnetostatic fields will make the object’s position unstable along at least one axis, and can be unstable along all axes.”

  • Camus says:

    “Opposite poles in the magnets, too powerful for the weight of the ball, makes the ball lift from the ground.”
    It’s actually similar poles that repel.

  • mif991 says:

    This discussion is interesting, I learned a few things. Good job Min Seok.

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