Mounted on the wall and shaped like a cartoon rain cloud, Seungbin Jeong’s Rainy Pots have the professed purpose of bringing out childlike emotions in adults, connecting them both to childhood and to nature. But there’s more to these plant holders than meets the eye: they also have a practical purpose. Indoor plants – especially the tiny ones that the pots accommodate – often have fragile, shallow roots, and casual gardeners often don’t have watering cans, instead dumping water on their plants with a cup. This can cause the plant to become stressed and the roots to decompose. The miniature water tanks at the top of each Rainy Pot, with their large openings at the top and five tiny openings at the bottom, allow them to be watered at a more reasonable, gentle rate. They cut down on mess, which is perfect for apartment-dwellers; plants no longer have to be taken outside for watering.
More intriguingly, Rainy Pots fit into a home differently than a potted plant or watering can alone. By mounting on the wall, they also make a potted plant into a different kind of home design element. The design is a finalist for the Spark Awards and won an Honorable Mention at the Red Dot design awards. Sadly, there is no word yet on when or where they’ll be available for sale.
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