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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The Green Wheel Rotary Garden

Designed after a development by NASA to enable astronauts to grow plants in zero gravity, this project may find its way into earthbound households.

Reminiscent of something out of Kubrick’s 2001, the Green Wheel is a rotary hydroponic system concept by DesignLibero. Originally planned to be used in space, this design has been fitted towards everyday use at home. It allows people to grow a variety of different herbs and vegetables without leaving home, therefore reducing transportation and plastic packaging consumption.

With its 360 degree planting surface there is increased space for cultivating plants, compared to other hydroponic systems. Another advantage is the maximized illumination. The light source is in the middle of the wheel, radiating in all directions, close to the plants. The outer solid surface hides an engine which rotates the plants, a water reservoir and an automatic irrigation pump. The hydroponic system uses coco fiber to provide support for the plants and their roots. The controls can be managed with a smartphone or tablet.

DesignLibero is expecting to find a manufacturer for the Green Wheel soon.

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