January 31, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Spotted recently at the Maison & Objet design fair in Paris, the clever and very au courant Bacsac flexible container system really piqued my interest. Constructed of double-walled polypropylene canvas, a “geotextile” fabric, they are lightweight yet strong, impervious to frost and sun, won’t tear and are 100% recyclable. As the Bacsacs come folded flat, they are flexible and portable–great for city dwellers–hey, you can even take your plants away with you for the weekend.
Landscaper Louis de Fleurieu (aptly named) and designers Godefroy de Virieu and Virgile Desurmont’s system is perfect for urbanites whose spaces restrict them from planting in heavier containers. The over-the-balcony model slips over the railing:
The fabric containers are permeable, reducing soil erosion and making it similar to planting in the ground.
At the moment, the product is not yet available in the US, but please let me know of your interest as I’m looking into it.