Urb-Garden brings gardening into small, indoor urban environments in a sculptural and aesthetic way! The unique form is actually the result of a design project focused around safety. Users will find that the pots are at an ergonomic height to prevent back strain and the materials used are thoughtfully chosen to be lightweight or heavy where it matters. Check out the vid to see an extra, interactive feature of this ingenious planter!
The team sought to bring the joy of gardening into indoor urban homes with limited outdoor space. Urb-Garden is a collection of modular pieces that fit together at the concrete bases, creating a continuous row of plants; specifically herbs; that could have as many or as little as the space and user saw fit. The design is minimal in form, however the construction techniques are significantly more complex. The bases and exterior pots are made of fibrous (fiberglass) concrete to ensure the best strength-to-weight ratio, while each stem is made from 8 steam-bent and laminated pieces of Ash which not only has high structural capacity but is also beautiful. As well as this, the weight of the pots allow the stem to gently bend and sway when the user interacts with the pieces which adds a dynamic element to the design. The inner pots, that house the herbs, are made from spun aluminium and are easily removable from the concrete pots. This allows the user to remove the pots at will and put them on their kitchen bench if desired. Urb-Garden is detailed by a red felt base and a red edge on the aluminium pots; a colour chosen to provide an effective contrast with the plants.
Designers: Ash Stephens, Caitlin Clark, Cole Holyoake, Emily Stonehouse & Sebastien Voerman