Building a Terrarium is a Testament to Slowing Down

The co-owners of Brooklyn-based Twig, a terrarium-building workshop and store, are trying to turn the hobby into meditative, therapy-like classes. To exert control over your own environment—if even for an hour—is a test of patience and a lesson in creative muscle-building. “For an hour on a weekend afternoon, I didn’t think of anything except the microcosmic forest in front of me and whether its climate …

Tom Dixon’s New Glass Terrariums

Double-headed vessels with miniature ecosystems and easy instructions

Our love for Tom Dixon has finally aligned with our appreciation for terrariums. At this year’s Maison et Objet, Dixon unveiled the PLANT collection—as well as a visual “how-to” guide for their at-home customization. The distinct double-headed design makes it easy to assemble a unique micro-ecosystem, and adjust accordingly. For those who don’t feel up to the challenge when it comes to mastering a small …

Plant-in-City’s Architectural Terrariums

Whether from wood or copper, these ecosystems house wonders

With the ease of upkeep for air plants and terrariums—not to mention their flourishing, eco-wonderland-like contributions to offices and living spaces—there is an array of curious new options on the market. One, rather distinct from the rest, is NYC-based Plant-in-City founded by Huy Bui. In lieu of glass or ceramics, Bui works with wood, copper and steel—and his geometric pieces take their design cues from …

Giant Sequoia Bonsai Tree Kit

Everything you need, germination greenhouse included, to grow the mighty redwood

Just because Giant Sequoias are only native to California doesn’t mean you can’t grow them at home—from seeds. The Giant Sequoia Bonsai Tree Kit from Portland, Oregon-based Jason Watkins offers up everything needed to nurture an ornamental iteration of the beautiful tree. The handmade germanation greenhouse is composed of recyclable plastic and includes seeds, a soil pellet, drainage stones, fertilizer, instructions and more. All you …

Tiny World Terrariums

Create your own miniature world full of beautiful flora and fake fauna with this step-by-step guide

From their Victorian-era genesis to waves of popularity in the ’70s and in recent years, terrariums have taken on a variety of mossy forms. Leading their most recent charge was the uniquely charming, Brooklyn-based Twig Terrariums, whose uncanny ability to build miniature worlds complete with perfectly manicured landscapes and quirky characters breathed new life into the household standby. Twig creators Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow …