April 2, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Urbio is a new magnetic-backed and modular vertical garden system that easily enables you to bring green to empty urban walls. As urban dwellers, or those who live and work in small spaces, it can be difficult to find an area in which to exercise one’s green thumb. Urbio’s magnetic system can transform any wall or ferrous surface into a beautiful vertical garden.
Each eco-plastic pot is equipped with large neodymium magnets strong enough to hold almost anything on the wall. The modular wall plates can easily be mounted to any surface on a balcony, rooftop, or even the fridge door. Mount just one Urbio pot, or fill your wall with a number of them of varying sizes.
The system includes small, medium, and large vessels or pots, wall plates, and individual wall mount pucks that can connect the pots to each other or mount them to the wall.
Experiment connecting together different sized pots to create your own unique centerpiece or a focal point. The pots are removable, making it easy to water them or take out for planting. The flexibility extends outside the garden into the playroom, kitchen, bathroom, and office. Use the system to store art supplies, cooking utensils, small tools…endless possibilities.
Urbio’s designers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for completing the tooling portion of the project in order to bring the product to market. They are offering a great deal on the product in various forms in exchange for a pledge. For as little as $20, you can get yourself a small pot with a single wall mount puck. $200 gets you an entire system: four small pots, 3 medium pots, one large pot, nine wall mount plates, and 6 single wall mount plates.
Urbio is a collaborative effort between two studios: Enlisted Design and Volare. Enlisted Design is a boutique product design studio in the San Francisco Bay Area partnered by Beau Oyler and Jared Aller. Volare is a China-based firm specializing in product development and design manufacturing. Learn more or get yourself some Urbio on Kickstarter.