Succulent-Saving Six-Legged Robots

Adapted from the robot HEXA, developed by Beijing-based technology company Vincross, this moving flower pot prototype not only holds small succulent plants, it changes locations to address whether a plant has too little or too much sunlight. In addition to scuttling, it dances if the plant needs water and swipes at people passing by. Vincross CEO Tianqi Sun explains that the robot was developed in …

VIVO Walls’ Plant Holders

Wood and steel meet repurposed glass liquor bottles in these functional art pieces

Philadelphia-based videographer/photographer Rocco Avallone often has his lens focused on musicians. His documentary collective Out of Town Films has traveled the world to capture live sets, often in intimate spaces, from indie bands. When away from the camera, however, he makes striking, useful sculptures of wood, glass, steel and plants. The industrial design grad started sketching ideas for vertical planters when he ran out of …

Lyfe Geodesic Floating Planter

The zero-gravity system uses custom magnets to twirl plants in the air

A year ago, Stockholm-based American designer (and scientist) Simon Morris launched his levitating Flyte lamp and—literally and figuratively—lifted up the world of lighting design. Now, Morris and the Flyte team are taking the concept even further, as they introduce Lyfe, an eye-catching zero-gravity growing system that lets users grow plants in mid-air. Like the Flyte lightbulbs, Lyfe’s planters rotate in the air, giving all sides …

“Growth” at Design Pavilion, Astor Place Plaza

Unconventional planters are featured in this outdoor exhibition during NYCxDesign

During the hubbub of NYCxDesign, it’s delightful to unexpectedly walk into a public exhibition in a convenient outdoor location. It’s even more fun when it concerns something as accessible (in price and concept) as planters and vases. Under the Design Pavillon at Astor Place Plaza, “Growth” showcases some beautiful work from designers who take plant holders to the next level. Organized and curated by American …

New Ways to House Air Plants

Four unique vessels worthy of displaying the exotic, alien-like plants

Thriving without soil and growing into alien shapes, the rootless and pretty low-maintenance tillandsia—more commonly referred to as “air plants”—requires a throne worthy of their exotic uniqueness. Tired of standard vase or terrarium options, we searched creative ways to showcase the endearing freaks. There’s something for every personality and home or office decor here. EarthSeaWarrior Ursula Manaf-Pitt pairs the weird with weird: her Brooklyn-based shop …