November 20, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
The Fogger is Hamburg-based studio, Vakant Design’s concept for a highly efficient, indoor-outdoor vertical garden “fogponic” planting system. A nearly self-sustainable alternative to the traditional edible garden and great for those with small urban spaces, the design compliments almost any decor while also helping to purify the air indoors.
Efficient Use of Space
Made of ceramic, wood, neoprene, and aluminum, the Fogger utilizes only 3.2 square feet (0,3 m²) of floor space but is capable of producing the same amount of food as a traditional in-ground 32 square foot (3 m²) garden.
Generated by an ultrasonic head, a nutrient-rich fog flows around the plant roots inside the pillar, delivering oxygen to maximize the plants’ full growth potential. Through the self-contained system, excess water and nutrients are fed back into circulation so they are lost through seepage or evaporation.
How it Works
1. Insert pre-germinated fruit or vegetable seedlings with neoprene plugs into the pillar.
2. Fill up tank with water using the included organic fertilizer.
The Fogger’s cable connects to an external power supply which initiates the automatic cultivation process. The plants receive water and nourishment for up to six weeks via a “fogponic” cultivation technique. The easily installed individual ceramic modules are also simple to maintain as they are dishwasher safe.
The Fogger began as an intensive research project about possible cultivation techniques. After several growing trials testing the fogaponic technique for efficiency and suitability, the designers concentrated on a vertical and modular concept. They also endeavored to create a high value piece of furniture that would integrate itself through its attractive design into any residential space, indoors or out.