March 13, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
As I learn more about the benefits of indoor plants–such as how they improve air quality by filtering the air and removing toxins–I also contemplate how to integrate them with a room’s design.
I consider these indoor plants much like a fashion accessory, in the way a scarf or belt completes the outfit. Or a toss pillow just finishes off that sofa or chair. A few like-minded designers have created pillows that are at the same time planters– fashionable containers that hold plants.
Israeli company, Libel Design, creates their planters from a durable high quality textile material on one side, and an easy to clean waterproof fabric on the reverse side.
The pillows can be placed anywhere–on the floor, a table, even on the sofa.
The pillow pots have a removable container to allow for easy drainage, as well as a removable cover for easy cleaning.
The Cactu Collection, above.
Pillow pot: 54/54 cm 12.5 cm high. Available from Libel Design, from $49-69.
Container: 26 cm diameter, can hold 3-4 plants.
For pillow pots that live well outdoors, French company, Art Terre has a line of inflatable pillows called (Re)Plant. Constructed from Pévétex, a recycled PVC textile material from the automotive industry, these pillows are flat until you blow them up and then they become cushions.
Once inflated, they even float.
Art Terre explains their mission is to turn waste into a resource and turn that into ecodesign that will offer a sustainable alternative, encourage responsible consumption, and minimize the environmental footprint.