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 LG’s latest indoor gardening device that’s 3 feet tall to an indoor vertical garden with a bio-filter, we’ve got myriad options when it comes to growing plants in the comfort of your home. House ! 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!
1. The LG Phone
Designed as a unique home appliance that allows you to grow your own herbs and vegetables, the LG tiiun was announced ahead of CES 2022. The indoor gardening appliance is about the size of a refrigerator of dormitory, stands approximately 3 feet tall, and has two shelves that can accommodate up to 6 all-in-one seed packets and various seed kits. The term tiiun comes from the Korean word for “push” and is LG’s way of labeling this device as an all-in-one self-contained garden. The device creates the perfect microclimate and all the right conditions for plants to grow, even mimicking light cycles so you can potentially keep your tiiun anywhere in a room without worrying about access to sunlight from the Sun.
2. Vertex Zero
Requiring no water for maintenance, Vertex Zero is a terrarium that contains real, biologically inactive moss, grown in TerraLiving’s own greenhouse and stored in labs inside museum-quality geometric glass containers . Live moss is grown and grown in TerraLiving’s greenhouse nicknamed the “Moss Lab”, before reaching peak health and stored for potting. Using proprietary advanced preservation technology, each live moss patch is stripped of all water content in areas of low pressure and sub-zero temperatures to freeze their proteins and biological components, rendering them inactive, yet frozen in the weather.
A LEGO-inspired indoor garden called Planterior by designer Dasol Jeong merges LEGO building blocks with the frame of a bulletin board to create a unique modular garden system for any WFH space. Planterior retains the shape and size of a traditional bulletin board and incorporates a gardening system into its structure to bring greenery to any workspace. Describing Planterior’s inspiration in his own words, Dasol notes, “Due to the influence of fine dust and COVID-19, people, who do not have the ability to access plants outdoors, are bringing more and more plants into their homes… Domestic gardening and plant territories are gaining in vitality [as a result].”
Too many smart gardens on the market today prioritize function over aesthetics, which amounts to cold, upright farms that would be more at home in a research center greenhouse than In a living room. That’s why designer Juhyuck Han created Vista, a smart garden device that mimics the natural terrain of a landscape and scales it down to fit our homes. Designed to stand alone or be mounted on an interior wall, Vista takes up about the same space as a large aquarium. Featuring a hydroponic gardening system, Vista’s grow tray mimics the terrain of a natural landscape to bring users closer to nature. Through an immersive structure and smart technology, Vista combines functionality and aesthetics to create a gardening experience.
Inspired to provide an air filter for collaborative spaces, designers Kārlis Vītols, Lolita Epnere, Buka Bērziņa brought Elpo into the office, a smart biofilter that doubles as a teeming indoor garden. By absorbing toxins and gases suspended in their leaves and sending them to their roots, certain plants can help purify the air we breathe. Equipped with a smart biofilter, it’s not just plants that Elpo uses to improve indoor air quality. Like many modern indoor gardens, Elpo features intelligent, automated technology that lights, ventilates and irrigates potted greenery. By creating a smart biofilter that doubles as an indoor garden, Elpo improves indoor air quality while also functioning as a room divider in offices.
6. Blooming Tables
Designed to be the world’s first “living furniture series”, the patent-pending BloomingTables allow you to grow herbs and vegetables, cultivate microgreens, or enjoy the beauty of succulents and vines in the comfort of your home. With homes and apartments getting smaller and balconies more and more luxurious, BloomingTables offer a unique aesthetic compromise – giving you a table with the added benefit of a small terrarium for your indoor plants. BloomingTables are available in 4 sizes – a desk, a coffee table, an entry table and a side table – all featuring a trough-shaped waterproof acrylic base and a flat glass panel on the top. Each table has a drain valve at the bottom (just in case you want to drain excess water from your planter’s soil), and the glass panel on top is also removable, allowing you to water , prune and easily stretch your plants!
7. The Bridge
The Bridge builds on the increasingly popular idea of an open office and co-working space (as opposed to compartmentalized cubicle spaces). It’s made entirely from plywood and can be flat-packed to a location and assembled on-site. It uses wooden joinery instead of metal/glue fixings, and can be assembled and placed on any open desk, enhancing your current workspace with a touch of neat greenery. The channels are large enough to hold potted plants and they give you the freedom to add plants of your choice. Since the plants sit in their own planters (instead of being directly in the wooden channel), they can also be easily watered without worrying about the wood rotting or exposing the plywood to excess water/ humidity. Slightly beware of water drops on expensive computers/equipment below!
8. The Smart Landscape Growth Framework
Designed by Modern Sprout, the Smart Landscape Growframe is a minimal frame that can be mounted on any wall in your home, and is more in function than just looks! It feeds all kinds of plants – from those that crave low light to those that crave bright light. Once mounted on a wall, you can slide your favorite plants into the Growframe and connect to the Modern Sprout app. The app is a complete godsend! The app has an on/off switch and can be used for customizable scheduling and pairing recommendations for plants in partial shade, partial sun, and full sun. You can easily select and switch between light settings.
Designed to take the absolute hassle out of watering and caring for your plants, WALTY gives them the water they need by simply removing it from the atmosphere. Because a single plant cannot generate and capture enough atmospheric moisture like an entire forest, WALTY essentially does that part for your plant. Now, that may sound like magic, but WALTY works like a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier extracts moisture from the air using cold plates that force water droplets to condense on them. The droplets then drip into a reservoir and when it fills up, you just need to empty it. WALTY’s approach is similar, except it uses that very water to keep your plant hydrated…kind of like a win-win.
10. Vega Modular Planter
Vega’s modular planter was designed to be a solution for vertical farming in small living spaces. From a single modular cube, seeds can be planted and harvested using traditional planting methods, then another module can be positioned above the first cube, forming a link to add additional planters. Each modular planter comes in the form of a dish with a cubic crate that allows crops and plants to grow and reach their full height. Inspired by the look and durability of Japanese metabolism and social modernism architecture, Lorenzo Vega conceptualized his vertical farmhouse to be sleek and streamlined by design. The sleek and simple finish of Vega’s Modular Planter echoes its intuitive usability and modular customization.