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

Perfect for small spaces: “Connect A Pot”

“Connect A Pot“ by startup Desima is a triangular pot designed to grow plants in a small, compact area. Best of all: the special features that enhance the capability of the pot.

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Each pot is designed specifically to connect to the other via strong earth magnets. The magnets also mean the pots can attach to a wall, refrigerator, window and in some cases, a shower. There is also the option of using a chain to hang it.

Like all potted plants “Connect A Pot“ need soil and water. A perlite layer, resting between the soil and water, is included in the purchase. The perlite doubles as plant growth media and insulation. The perlite also acts as a microfilter, removing some of the unwanted particles from the water. Ken and Tina Dyer of Desima are excited about the prospects of “Connect A Pot” and have everything in order to start production. They have turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter for help.

Furhter information: desima.co

Urban Farm Pot: Is This How the Future of City Agriculture Looks Like?

This spherical Urban Farm Pot by Terreform ONE wants to bring back the relationship between humans and nature.

Growing plants for consumption in dense urban areas is a challenge that is being tackled by agriculturalists, biologists, designers and architects all over the world right now. Free flat ground is scarce in cities and so the general approach is to grow vertically. The design studio Terreform ONE from Brooklyn however believes that a spherical shaped growing device may be a practical and pretty solution for urban dwellers.

The capsule-like Urban Farm Pot has been developed to be placed into areas where agriculture is not possible under normal circumstances. It is constructed from reclaimed flat-packed materials with a fully operable sub irrigation system and foam panels that serve as sleeves for the potting elements. It is also equipped with a digital monitoring platform on the inside that keeps track of the plant’s development.

The surface of the Urban Farm Pot consists of a multitude of panels with different planters. The central gravity-fed planter grows traditional plants like tomatoes and other vegetables, while the surrounding smaller planters are for micropropagation, multiplying stock plant material.

“The vision of the project is to bring back the relationship between human and nature,” says Terreform ONE “Let’s grow our own food inside an urban space, be it living room, balcony or roof top of your home or in an urban park for large scale production. The future pods will have a new form of mediated arboreal culture, to integrate the biological and mechanical elements more closely, to transform the object into one that grows and changes symbiotically. This project sets out a direction for healthy biological exchanges with urban inhabitants, and to contribute to the life of urban ecosystems.”

Further information: terreform.org