Third-generation woodworker Shuji Nakagawa at Nakagawa Mokkouegi in Shiga used a 700-year-old technique called Ki-Oke (or bucket-making) to craft these vases—in an edition of 30 unique pieces. Today there are just a few of these traditional artisans left—and unlike many of his peers, Nakagawa also uses the technique to create more modern objects like these. For this particular commission, we asked him to create a vase with an organic shape unlike one he’d ever produced before. When he presented the stellar collection of 30 pieces he said the commission was the most challenging project he’s worked on.
From Dallas, Texas-based Slice of Life Gardens, the Indoor Microgreens Garden Box allows you to select two sets of non-GMO heirloom seeds (from broccoli, red acre cabbage and purple kohlrabi options)—which arrive with a compostable grow tray, cover card, coconut coir soil pack and self-care cards (for a bit of extra personal positivity). All one needs is water and light to bring these greens to life.
Lettuce Grow’s design-friendly and tech-forward hydroponic Farmstand system makes growing fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and herbs at home easy—using 95% less water than traditional gardening along the way. Each Farmstand (which comes in various size options to meet spatial and output needs) includes the stand (made of recycled ocean plastics), water pump, power cord and timer, as well as plant food for 130+ plants and a pH Testing Kit. When coupled with the brand’s Glow Rings, the self-sustaining system can be used in-doors to produce lush vegetation year-round.
Composed of lacquered solid ash wood, tempered glass and a planting tray of galvanized steel, Design House Stockholm’s Greenhouse in dark grey offers an elegant indoor world for greenery. Atelier 2+’s Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont designed the greenhouse for Wallpaper magazine’s annual Handmade Exhibition; their intention was to bring the beauty of the natural world inside.
Released as a signed and numbered edition of 50, artist Liana Jeger’s lovely Lazy Old Moon screen print sets a cosmic crescent above wildflowers she was on a hike in Southern California. Chicago’s Salty Broad Press printed the 18 by 24-inch work in two colors (that give the illusion of more)—black and “split fountain pink to green.” It’s an artwork that captures a moment of peace and quiet among thistles, evening primrose and more.
Modern Sprout’s “Grow” plant nutrients encourage natural vegetative growth. The 100% soluble formula—Fish Meal, Composted Seabird Guano, Kelp, Potassium Carbonate, and other naturally sourced ingredients—aims to nourish plants by replenishing their soil’s essential minerals and nutrients. Over time, these beneficial elements become less common and cannot be restored by sunlight or water. Take a look at the guidelines for precise dosing instructions, but a standard is once weekly with water.
Assembly Design co-founder and lead designer Pete Oyler conceptualized this set of two plant pedestals, for Areaware, which can be used for anything you want to display: plants, candles, tchotchkes and more. Each is constructed using lap joinery systems, lending a seamlessness to the overall design. Made from beechwood, the taller pedestal stands just under five inches, while the shorter iteration is just under three.
From the not-for-profit photo foundation Aperture, Daniel Gordon: Houseplants turns six of the artist’s mesmerizing still life images of houseplants into a six-page pop-up. This limited edition, collectible hardcover book, designed by by Simon Arizpe, celebrates the work of Gordon and the sculptural nature of plants.
Handcrafted from porcelain, Dutch designer Elke van den Berg’s mint-green watering pot is not just beautiful to look at, but is also ultimately functional. Dishwasher-safe, with a glistening inner-glaze that contrasts its matte outside, the pot features a slim nozzle—making it ideal for watering smaller, indoor plants. And if you’re a notorious plant-killer: it makes for a lovely vase. Price is in Euros.
Comprised of Jade Pothos, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Dracaena Janet Craig and Parlour Palm plants, Habitat Horticulture’s Gromeo living wall frame offers all of the benefits of indoor plants without the requirement to water them. The Gromeo Mini (approximately 18 by 20 inches) comes pre-planted in HH’s Growtex foundation, housed inside a maple-finished plywood frame and with a one-gallon water reservoir, which keeps soil damp for up to three weeks. When the reservoir is full, the entire unit weighs 12 pounds, and the brand includes all of the necessary mounting hardware and drywall anchors with each order. Additionally, 1% of each order goes to Feeding America, and teachers and healthcare workers get 10% off their order.
For those dedicated to the outdoors, running through wildflowers or their own indoor jungles, this “FLOWERS” sweatshirt from Valley Cruise Press makes for the ideal garment. Made from a nine-ounce cotton-polyester blend, it’s been pre-shrunk and comes in size small to 4XL. Be sure to time your purchase, if possible, as Valley Cruise donates 100% of their proceeds on the 8th of every month.
Photographer Carl Ostberg’s tantalizing image of flowers smoking weed has been transformed into a bright, colorful and alluring 1000-piece puzzle. Cut from thick-stock board composed of 100% recycled paper, the completed image measures out to 19.25 by 26.6 inches. It’s a collaboration between Ostberg, Piecework puzzles and the cherished cannabis-centric magazine Broccoli.
All through December, Cartography (a jewelry brand helmed by Mark Armstrong Peddigrew) will be donating 25% of proceeds from sales to Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps LGBTQ individuals who are facing discrimination and violence in their home countries. With various pieces available for all genders, Cartography’s “grace” necklace is particularly appealing. Featuring a bulbous half-inch brass mushroom pendant on 24-inch silver chain, it’s a sweet ode to nature—and psilocybin.
When stacked upside-down, these bright green Saguaro glasses resemble a cactus. The set (from DOIY Design) comprises six different shapes—two cups with handles, three without and one with a rounded bottom—all of which have an eight-ounce capacity. Not only do they create the silhouette of a Saguaro when stacked, they also serve different purposes individually. Dishwasher- and freezer-safe, they’re a playful addition to any at-home meal.
The sibling to the Kaya 3-Piece Bowl Planter, this two-piece iteration—designed by Justina Blakeney for her LA-based company Jungalow—proves itself to be just as charming. Available in four colors and measuring seven inches tall, this ceramic piece provides space for drainage and can be mixed and matched with other versions. These planters offer a beautiful and sophisticated home for your plants.
Artist Christina Hart’s card-matching game works like most others: place the cards upside down and flip one by one, until you can memorize a pair. This deck features various types of leaves and is a great way for novice green thumbs to learn how to recognize different plant species. Inside, there are 40 cards: 18 pairs and two bonus cards. Plus, every one was printed in Italy at a 100% solar-powered manufacturer.