December 14, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Lovi foldable wood trees, from 12″ to approximately 4ft at Lovi Shop (website lists retailers by country)
Here at Urban Gardens we’ve made our list and checked it twice…our 2010 gift list is here:
Put some “fun” in functional: Loose Leaf Door Stop, 6 x6. $16 from Pure Modern
Urban Souvenir: Pigeon Light, wall-mounted lamp by Ed Carpenter. Ok, maybe not the most green on the list, but cool. $99 at Generate.
Matchstick Gardens: Pull off your Italian, Herb, Wildflower, or Mixed Greens garden from your pocket. $2.50 from AHa! Modern Living
The Wheel-Easy Wheelbarrow is super light, great for city gardeners. $80 from Uncommon Goods
Take some time to stop and not smell the cappuccino. Aromatherapy Soy Candle available in six different scents, $28 from Om Aroma
Giant cup and saucer planter (10.6″ x 19.2″ diameter) by Gitta Gschwendttner for Thorsten van Elten. Could double as a bird bath. $349 at Generate
Teach the kiddies about recycling: Recycling Truck has moveable recycling bed and rear door that opens and shuts. No metal axles and made from 100% recycled plastic milk bottles. Ages 1 and up. $24.00 from Green Toys
Hudson Valley Seeds Velvet Queen Sunflower Pack illustrated by Lisa Perrin. After planting, recycle these gorgeous packages as gift wrap or frame them. Available in 10 varieties, $3.50 from Dirt Couture.
XyloBooks blank books by Portland furniture maker, Jonathan Nussbaum, are crafted from hardwood scraps salvaged from furniture production. They utilize high-quality, recycled archival paper, cotton twill tape, and tiny iron nails. $48 in Bigleaf Maple, Western Walnut, or Cherry from SHFT.
Greenbo Balcony Planters adjust to remain steady on your balcony railing. Available in 6 colors. $35 from AHa! Modern Living.
Forget balancing the tray: The AA22 Wine Tray holds up to 4 stemmed glasses and a bottle. Satin anodized aluminum with silicone rubber feet. $98 from Munimula.
For urbanites craving some nature with their bling, the molded silver Grow Ring might fit the bill. Of course, like the person wearing it, the ring needs to be watered and nurtured. $189 from Generate.
The Simple Garden is just as it’s name declares. All you need to create a square foot garden: planter stick, a soil cube, a planter’s guide and template, and seed packets for growing fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. Available in 5 colors for $24.98 from Hayneedle.
Old sweets become bird tweets with this 9″ tall recycled candy wrapper bird house. Made in India by Noah’s Ark, a fair trade company that not only pays fair wages, they’re also involved in projects for schooling the artisan’s children and bringing pure drinking water to the workshops. $8.95 at The Hunger Site, where every purchase helps to feed the world’s hungry.
Anna Dabrowski’s series of 100% Merino wool felt leaf coasters and trivets for Teroforma are made by Aetna Felt in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Coasters, $8, Trivets, $22, from Teroforma.
Ever wonder what happens to the chopsticks when you leave the restaurant? This 14” Folding Basket is made from some of the 25 billion pairs of single use chopsticks that are discarded each year. Created from post single-use bamboo chopsticks collected from restaurants then thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. $32 from Chopstickart.
Resembling a cairn, or pile of balanced stones, these salt and pepper shakers bring some zen to your table. The porcelain set includes a smooth white salt shaker, a rugged-surface grey pepper shaker, and a white base that doubles as a bowl for oil, syrup, or dipping sauce. $32 from SFMoMa Store.