Gardening is an extremely therapeutic activity, and although I don’t do it all the time, the few times I have, I find it really enjoyable and calming. Growing, caring and being surrounded by plants is intensely satisfying, all your worries slowly fade away and you are simply captivated by nature. However, not everyone has access to outdoor gardens, especially with the pandemic locking most of us inside our homes. Indoor gardening is a modern solution that works perfectly in our modern homes. From indoor planters to a coffee table with a hidden miniature garden, and even a gardening wheel, we have myriad options for growing plants from the comfort of your home! These unique, innovative and thoughtful designs promise to meet all your indoor gardening needs. And I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely considering trying one, I wouldn’t mind adding indoor gardening to my daily life!
KAGURA was created by Chaozhi Lin so that environmentally conscious people can organize their own self-contained indoor gardens no matter where they live. The KAGURA system is made up of three main functional parts: a container for food waste, an elevated lightweight structure and three soil pots. The food waste bin is located on one side of the indoor planter and turns your food scraps into fertilizer compost. Composting is a method used to break down organic solid waste and fertilize soil for gardening. The slim and attractive luminaire is located directly above the KAGURA garden pots and supplies the mini garden with nourishing light energy. The indoor gardening system is fully self-contained and conveniently sized to fit into any kitchen or living space. The system itself works once food waste is dumped into the container on the left side, fertilizing the soil in the trio of modestly sized pots, each providing energy for plants to grow and thrive.
You love plants, plants love light, you love light, you will love the Mygdal plant lamp! Nui Studio’s revolutionary lighting solution, not only because the fixture is a completely self-contained ecosystem where plants can grow undisturbed, but also because of its unique electrically conductive glass coating. In fact, it diffuses electricity invisibly along the surface, so there is no need for a cable connection between the power source and the LED. Bring even windowless spaces to life with plant light!
SOLE, a home gardening system, starts out as a small coffee table to reveal a hidden, self-sustaining miniature garden for city dwellers who want to fill their homes with some natural greens, but not the bustle that usually comes with them. . More people are moving to cities, which means access to home gardening is decreasing as natural light is harder to come by and smaller apartments, such as efficiency studios, are preferred. Luckily, the SOLE coffee table has been designed to take up as little space as possible in order to fit into even the smallest studios. Indoor urban gardening is usually practiced using growing containers that require plenty of window sill space and natural sunlight – which can be difficult to find in city apartment searches. To make home gardening possible in any city living space, SOLE maintains the perfect climate, temperature and nutrients for you and your chosen plants as long as they fit within the extended body of the coffee table.
The Eva hydroponic fixture offers careless plant owners an effortless solution in which the plant takes care of itself – merging an indoor garden with an aquarium! The Eva planter creates an environment in which plants can survive without human help. How? ‘Or’ What? By creating a symbiotic relationship between the fish and wildlife that live there. Fish produce ammonia as a waste product, which can become toxic in large amounts. Ammonia happens to contain nitrogen, which is needed for photosynthesis and helps plants grow. In the garden above, the roots break down the ammonia and the resulting waste, nitrites, then becomes food for the fish. Simply put, it’s the circle of life – with just two bodies.
Millennials seem to be taking the ire of older generations for how often we are on our phones and how disconnected we are from the world because of it. In order to make sense of this tension, Park made a connection between the natural and mobile worlds. The Botanist consists of three divided parts: the touch screen, the connector and the probe stick. The probe stick scans and analyzes your houseplant’s soil to communicate what the plant might need, which is displayed on the botanist’s screen. Through a speaker and touchscreen, the user is informed of soil, pH, light, temperature and indoor plant humidity levels on easy-to-read circular gauges. The touchscreen then provides additional information, indicating how the user can maintain or respond to plant health levels. The connector is what allows information gathered from the probe stick to travel to the touch screen. On its touchscreen, Botanist also allows users to categorize their houseplants so they’re easy to find and maintain.
Solace is a scalable and sustainable solution for growing food in small spaces. It has a system that uses moisture from the wick with a biostrate growing mat and automatic lighting that makes it easy for beginners to start their home gardens. The device is also integrated with an intuitive app that guides you through the germination, growth and harvest phases. The circular design increases product functionality by utilizing available space instead of expanding further. The growing light doubles as a lovely ambient light or night light – the design has a simple yet futuristic aesthetic – much like the Dyson circular fan in fact. It has a removable rechargeable battery and I think if it ever goes into production the team should consider making the battery solar powered to make Solace even more durable.
The ceiling, pendant and floor lamp called Ring is a European Product Design Award-winning interior luminaire designed by Jackie Luo and Wilfried Buelacher for Lampenwelt. The fixture is ultimately a simple design, thanks to its hybrid of design attributes of the two integral parts of this product: the common indoor plant and the lighting accessory. The lamp itself can be hung as a pendant, but can also function as a floor lamp when not suspended from the ceiling. If the suspension is the decided lamp, the pots for indoor plants can be placed in the center of the ring of the lamp or removed entirely. A Centerpiece for Ring provides space for hanging plant pots, but can be removed for a straight iron bar. Alternatively, users can insert a spotlight that enhances the light coming from Ring, which can be used for any variation of the lamp. Thanks to the unobtrusive yet endless nature of the lamp’s circular head, indoor plants are free to drape and grow as naturally as they wish.
Kikkerland Self-Watering Plant Globes is a nifty gardening tool that slowly waters your plant over a period of three to four days. Made from mouth-blown glass, the globes release water into your planter. All you need to do is unscrew the cap and pour clean water into the globe, turn it upside down to make sure the water flows out of the clearance hole, and place the globe in the jar. Tap the globe several times to start the water flowing out and keep your plants well hydrated for at least a few days! Not to mention, these little gardening globes are so adorable and cute!
Wazai, from Abilliant, is an award-winning, wireless stand-alone gardening assistant for your plant and comes with an app that lets you care for your houseplants when you’re away, winning the iF World award Design 2020 for product design. Depending on the individual needs of each plant, Wazai waters your plant automatically and advises you on the best location for optimal sunlight. Wazai comes with two main components. The first, the inner pot, is what the user fills with fresh soil for the houseplant to mix in, then the inner pot snaps into the larger pot. Wazai runs on alkaline batteries which will need to be changed once every six months and the plastic used to produce the jar is UV resistant, waterproof and has a drainage system. By aligning the inner pot with the larger pot’s lock and click mechanism, the user can then pour approximately two liters of water into the larger pot from any angle. Then Wazai takes over.
OGarden is the indoor gardening system that makes growing fruits and vegetables easy! By bringing the products home, you are no longer dependent on the weather, so you have better control over the whole process. An incredible 90 plants can be grown simultaneously, with 60 plants thriving in the wheel and another 30 seedlings growing in the cabinet below! OGarden has a rather unique watering system that controls the plant’s water consumption; the rotating wheel gives each plant the optimum time to soak up water, allowing them to thrive, while a secondary reservoir coupled with a pump supplies water to developing seedlings.