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Dave Pinter: How Designers Are Reinventing The Potted Plant

Dave Pinter: How Designers Are Reinventing The Potted Plant
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From micro-plants to potted vignettes, low-tech interior growing was on display everywhere during NYCxDesign 2014.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 26 may 2014

The past few years, we’ve seen all sorts of ideas for living walls, modular container gardens and hanging self-watering systems. A lot of these were interesting ideas but the realities of cost, installation complexities and maintenance require a serious commitment. Beyond that, a lot of these products look like they better fit in a laboratory than a living room.

Visiting many of the exhibitions at the NYCxDesign 2014, we noticed quite a few designers and exhibitors including potted plants among their displays either as accents or as products themselves. For those who remember the ’70’s, hanging ferns, indoor ivy, and potted tropical plants were the home decor rage. From what we saw this week, the pendulum appears to be swinging back with a contemporary twist.

Tiny plants find homes in the hand crafted ceramic vases by a | space studio and the wooden architecture-inspired planters from Plant In City. Danielle Trofe’s Mush-Lume project creates pots made out of plants. Moroso’s low-fi potted plant vignettes mixed a variety of plant types, sizes and container styles.

a | space studio at WantedDesign

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Plant-in City by Homemade at Sight Unseen OFFSITE

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Volk Furniture at ICFF

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Assembled by Off Centre at BKLYN Designs

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Mush-Lume project by Danielle Trofe at WantedDesign (planters made from mushrooms)

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 Graphite collection by Farrah Sit at Sight Unseen OFFSITE

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Third-Eye Vessel by Chen & Kai at Industry City/ Design

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kelly behun | STUDIO at Sight Unseen OFFSITE

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Cassina Showroom, Soho

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Vitra at ICFF

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Bikini Island by Werner Aisslinger/Moroso at WantedDesign

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Moroso showroom, Soho

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Photos: Dave Pinter

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