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.

Further information: kickstarter.com/projects

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