Hover Dish Planter by Pot Inc.

Stylish metal dishes for indoors that can hold grasses and sedums.

The Canadian designer Todd Holloway, founder of Pots Inc., decided to redesign the old-fashioned moss hanging baskets. He wanted to have hanging plant containers that fit into modern interiors. Holloway let himself inspire by anything that was bowl shaped and tried out several designs before he found the final forms.

The Hover Dish Planters are metal bowls that hang from a steel wire. They are ideal for mosses, sedums and grasses, but they can also be put in the kitchen as holders for fruit and vegetables. There are five different designs, two models are made from galvanized steel (Dolga and Flango) and the other three from aluminium. All of them are double powder coated for durability. The Hover Dish Planters are available in six bright standard colours, but can also be ordered with custom colours.

Further Information: potinc.ca

The Micro-Planter Chess Set

Chess: One of the oldest, most popular and most complex board games ever created. For hundreds of years people have wrecked their brains over the positions of the 32 black and white pieces. Countless designs of the King and his army have been made over the time, either hand-crafted or made in factories. The latest developments of the 3D printing technology make it now possible to realize unusual designs without manual labor or going into mass production.

The Micro Planter Chess Set is designed by the XYZ Workshop, a creative team of husband and wife specialising in 3D printed curiosities. The idea is that you can grow different herbs or succulents in the pots and give the game of chess an individual note that can be seen, smelled and felt. The design of the pieces reminds of the Bauhaus style with simple and strong geometric forms.

Anyone who is interested and has access to a 3D-printer can download the design files and start printing their own chessboard.

Further Information: xyzworkshop.com

Epstein Garden Lights: Handmade Quality Made in Germany

Garden lights have the practical advantage of making stairs, paths and ponds safer at night, however, the aesthetic dimensions are essential as well. For more than 25 years the Epstein-Design manufactory develops and distributes high quality lighting for home and garden. The lamps are handmade and only available in specialized stores.

Real highlights among the different Epstein lines are their outdoor nature lights. They are made with sandstone or natural slate. The devoted treatment of the natural stones gives them a unique look. The garden lightings look like statues and at night they reveal their true beauty. Columns, spheres and pyramids: The multitude of the different Epstein-Lights provides designers with lots of possibilities for individual garden concepts.

The durable luminous elements are covered by a three-year warranty and the manufactured materials are guaranteed to endure ten years of UV exposure.

Further Information: epstein-design.de

Bringing Balance into the Garden with Asian Furnishings

When it comes to finding a special look for the garden it is promising to search Eastern inspiration. Asian garden design is a very old culture. And nowadays it is getting more and more popular in the Western countries.

German entrepreneur Armin Holt reported that the sales of his company Asiastyle have risen annually by 20 % in the last three years since he specialized in Asian design merchandise for in- and outdoors.

The possibilities for Asian style products outdoors are basically endless. Furnishings and design ideas don’t have to stick to one specific region. People should feel free to mix different styles. Chinese sculptures and Japanese garden furniture in the washitsu style (very simple Japanese room with wooden panels) give the garden a “Zen” kind of look. Polynesian Tiki-culture is also making a comeback right now.

Together with a few exotic ornamental plants all these pieces will bring a relaxing and exotic atmosphere into the garden.

One method of inspiring hobby gardeners who are looking for an Asian theme in their garden could be to point them to the five Chinese elements. This ancient daoistic theory divides everything into the five elements of earth, water, fire, wood and metal. By combining these elements in the open spaced garden a natural balance can be achieved.

The element of Earth could be represented by a winding gravel path made out of natural stones, fire could be an open fireplace or maybe some Japanese shoji lamps for moody outdoor lighting, wood should be obvious and metal can be represented by lots of design pieces for example some wind chimes.

Because of the huge demand, the people of Asiastyle even had a successful summer event where they exhibited their products and invited other companies to join them, like Monolith Grill who presented a number of barbecues and Spa Ambiente who specialize in bathroom sinks made of natural stones.

Further Information: Asiastyle.de