SproutsIO Hybrid Hydroculture Technology

A soil-free countertop personal farming system that even a novice indoor gardner can master

The best way to be close to your food is to grow it yourself, though many people can’t keep houseplants or herb gardens alive in the best of times. With SproutsIO, funding now on Kickstarter after extensive product-testing, a self-moderating hybrid hydroculture technology now helps you grow food on your kitchen counter. This is a personal produce system, entirely soil-free, controlled by an app that …

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso

Silicone pots that grow with your plants

Certain designers have a knack for solving problems so basic that their creations feel immediately timeless. Industrial designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso is one of them. The Helsinki-based Italian creative responsible for a pre-crumpled city map for flustered tourists has now created the Fold Pot, a simple silicone container that grows along with the plant it contains. Plants grow—pots, not so much. The flexible design of Fold …

Ipnos Outdoor Light by Rossi Bianchi Studio

Use the unconventional rectangular prism structure as a lamp or even a table

Created by Milan-based design duo Guido Bianchi and Nicoletta Rossi for the well-respected and innovative lighting company FLOS, the Ipnos outdoor light is at once subtle and bold. The simple design—which is really an indoor/outdoor piece—essentially mimics a 3D sketch of a rectangular prism but really makes a statement. Rossi and Bianchi—both former architects—created the light from thin, anodized aluminum poles (making it super-light and …