From micro-plants to potted vignettes, low-tech interior growing was on display everywhere during NYCxDesign 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.

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