Urban green in Berlin: International Horticultural Exposition 2017

IGA Berlin 2017: International garden showcase - Australia - Copyright: Lichtschwärmer
IGA Berlin 2017: International garden showcase – Australia
– Copyright: Lichtschwärmer

The German capital is inviting guests to the International Horticultural Exposition (IGA) from 13 April onwards under the motto “A SEA of colours”. IGA Berlin not only wants to make garden art more experienceable worldwide – the festival also intends to set new impulses for contemporary urban development.

Pantone: Greenery is the Colour of 2017

Photo: Pantone
Photo: Pantone

With their choice for the colour of the year, Pantone celebrates the vitality of plants.

The provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, Pantone, has announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2017; a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Reminiscent of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the attributes of Greenery signal individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Plant lamp: “Mygdal” from Nui Studio

Plants can’t thrive just anywhere: plant lovers have it especially difficult in dark places. The plant lamp of the German design duo Nui Studio offers new possibilities.

“Mygdal” utilises the physical similarity between sunlight and LED light. The Nui Studio designed the plant lamps in such a way that a completely autonomous ecosystem prevails indoors. The plant is inserted and surrounded by glass. It can now practice natural photosynthesis. As a homage to the Danish glassmaker Peter Kuchinke, the name of the lamp means “fertile earth“.

The plant lamp is equipped with an innovative glass coating, with which current is carried over the surface. This means that no other connection between the lamp and the power source is necessary. Thanks to the flexible power supply, “Mygdal” has versatile uses: as a hanging, floor or table lamp.

Further information: nui-studio.com

Variable: plant objects by Frédéric Malphettes

The French designer Frédéric Malphettes designs unusual objects for the greening of outdoor areas. The special feature, besides the clever design, is also the multiple applications.

The new products of the French designer include the plant module “Vétagére” and the climbing support “Anno”. The latter consists of a geometric structure of metal elements that are fastened to the wall or ceiling. The individual elements can be freely combined in terms of their structure. “Anno” can thus be used for greening walls or as a climbing support in flowerpots or as decorative room dividers.

The modular object “Vetagéré” also offers a variety of possibilities for use. Flowerpots of varying heights made of fibre reinforced concrete can be combined to form a greened shelving unit. Shelving of light oak serve as connecting elements. “Vétagére” can be used in both private and public spaces. The plant shelving unit has several different functions on the balcony and patio: it can act as a divider between interior and exterior, screen individual areas or simply serve as a variable green object.

Further information: fredericmalphettes.com