In the new Future of Home Living report, the PSFK Labs team look at the trend of Home Farming and how compact gardening solutions are being developed to accommodate the time, space and resource restrictions of modern urban living. One manifestation of the trend is AquaFarm which is a close-loop, table-top ecosystem that consists of a fish tank with a full hydroponic garden suspended above it. Designed by Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez of Back To The Roots, this home growing solution helps home farmers maximize yield while requiring a minimum amount of effort or skill.
The self-contained ecosystem uses fish waste to naturally fertilize the plants above. In turn, the plants clean the water for your pet fish, creating a mutually-beneficial relationship between fish and plants that also saves you time and effort. The countertop aquaponics system provides a complete and easy solution for home gardeners to grow beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, spinach, and other fresh produce at home.
Says Siddharth Sanghvi, Back to the Roots Vice President of Marketing and Operations, “As populations migrate to urban centres, we are losing our connection with natural cycles. All these compact gardening solutions help give urban dwellers a connection to the natural world and offer a welcome respite from our man made surroundings.”
With its minimal footprint and no-assembly-required, the AquaFarm offers an ideal product for a urban farming. It combines attractive design and utility, which makes it a practical yet aesthetically appealing product for the kitchen and home.
The AquaFarm and products like it fall under the larger theme we’re calling Equilibrium, which is exploring the ways architects and designers are integrating feelings of balance, health, and well-being into people’s living spaces and everyday lives.
PSFK has announced the latest in a series of trend reports. Following studies into retail, social media, gaming, work and mobile, the PSFK Labs consulting team have generated the Future of Home Living report. That report manifests as a free summary presentation, an in-depth downloadable PDF and an exhibition in New York City that runs to August 16.
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