EcoQube Air: Hydroponics for the Desktop

This small hydroponic greenhouse was designed to provide an ideal environment for indoor plants.

Plants are the best providers of clean air and oxygen inside living spaces. The developers of the EcoQube Air aimed to optimize this positive effect of home greenery. The miniature greenhouse is made for plant lovers who have only small indoor space or those who like something more stylish and effective than a simple plant pot on their desk.

The EcoQube Air helps to improve the air quality in the room. Its Air-Flow system utilizes a three step filtration process. First the air enters through a HEPA-like mechanical filter that removes dust, pollen and mold. Next, the activated carbon filter removes harmful chemicals. Finally the plant filters and  oxygenates the air before being circulated back into the room with the help of dual filters. According to the developers, the EcoQube circulates 450 cubic feet (~13 m³) of room air every hour.

An induction pump allows a quiet water flow and superbright LEDs provide customizable coloured lights without the need of direct sunlight. A fully integrated mobile app allows the automation of the EcoQube care.

The Kickstarter project has already collected more than ten times the needed amount and the final product is expected to ship in autumn.

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Dining like in the jungle: project in Thailand

A restaurant in the style of a terrarium: the “Vivarium” in Thailand was transformed by the design studio Hypothesis from an old warehouse into a green oasis.

The foundation for the “Vivarium” was a former industrial hall that originally served for storing tractors. The Thai design studio “Hypothesis” recognised the potential of the building and designed it as a modern restaurant with industrial charm. The objective of the project was the linking of old and new and the integration of a lot of green. For the “Vivarium” concept resulting from this, which is oriented to a terrarium in terms of its design, the project was awarded the INSIDE Award in the category Bars and Restaurants.

A large part of the original structure was retained in order to maintain the industrial character of the warehouse. New and old elements were differentiated from one another by colour: that already present remained white, while new elements were painted rust red. The special thing about “Vivarium”, however, is the generous use of plants and natural elements. Thanks to the luxuriant greenery of hanging plants in the upper area of the former industrial hall, guests are reminded of a jungle. The decor adapts to it: animal figures, branches and tree roots decorate the room-high shelves between the tables and emphasise the green atmosphere.

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Plantable Objects: “Seed” by Taeg Nishimoto

There is a new way to make your home greener: Plant green on the wall! The Architect and Designer Taeg Nishimoto has invented “Seed” – objects to be hung on the wall incorporating small plants as the focus.

The container part of the soil for the plant is attached in the back, lifting the concrete tile of “Seed” about 2cm to 4.5cm from the wall, giving the presence of the tile floating in front of the wall. “Seed” comes in many variations of profile and surface texture. Each profile is taken from different river stones’ outline, which is a result of a long smoothing process the stones go through in water flow of the river.

“Seed” is made of fast drying cast concrete using the crumpled Tyvek as the mold. The Tyvek is first crumpled to create a particular crease pattern and stretched inside the cut out of the profile. The spontaneous crumpling pattern of paper is totally unpredictable, and yet it evokes certain geological formations we observe in the satellite images. Concrete mix is poured with about 5mm – 8mm thick while the center of the Tyvek is lifted to make a hole. Any plant that can fit inside the hole can be used, though various different kinds of succulents are great for it.

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KIGA by Hurbz: Kitchen Garden for Metropolitans

With its elegant and modern design, Hurbz allows to cultivate kitchen gardens without restraint.

Created as a kitchen garden for urban homes, the KIGA is a modular plant container that integrates nicely outdoors into balconies, terraces and gardens as well as indoors. Its height allows working without bending down, so planting and harvesting are made with ease.

One complete Hurbz set is made of four legs pots and four interior pots. Those can be leaned against each other or against a wall. For the installation, only four screws are needed. The original XL version is 104 cm in height while the new M and S versions are 88 cm high. The material is polyethylene treated to resist ultraviolet rays. Fixing the elements is made possible through the threaded inserts built into each «leg». An additional insert located close to the ground serves to evacuate excess water from the irrigation or rain.

As a bonus, Hurbz has developed an application for iPhone and Android phones that allows Hurbz clients to receive advices from planting to harvest. This application will also allow the company to keep in touch with their customers and offer them advice from different seasons but also hints and tricks to take all the benefits from their Hurbz kitchen garden.

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Moss Wall Art: Style Elements for Nature Lovers

These living walls are made with 100% real mosses, lichens, natural woods and organic features, each piece is a handcrafted, original work of art.

Mosses are very peculiar life forms. They have been probably around for more than 400 million years and there are over 16.000 different species. They are found almost everywhere but usually they are not the most popular plants. When moss is noticed in the garden it is often treated like weeds, other than that it is hardly noticed. On the other hand, the soft green carpeting of moss often enhances the look of old building and ancient walls.

For those who are looking for an interesting alternative for decorating their interiors, be it private home, office or restaurant, moss walls might be worth looking into. Living moss wall art brings the outdoors inside, preserving moments in nature.

There are infinite design possibilities and different shades can be combined to create random patterns. They draw the viewer in visually, absorb sound and are a calming element of nature.

The Moss Wall Art pieces by the US company Plant Solutions are intended for use indoors, but can also be displayed outdoors in a protected area such as a patio. They are made of real moss that is preserved and does not require watering. As long as they are not in direct sunlight, they hold up well and do not fade.

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