A Novel Idea: Undercover Planter Goes Incognito

January 3, 2015



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The Life of Plants is proof that you can’t tell a book by its cover. Flip it open to reveal the soil from which sprouts a living, breathing, narrative.



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Designer Yasuko Furukawa’s planter/flower pot thrives incognito, at home among the other books in your library.



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Best of 2014: Urban Gardens Top 10 Favorite Posts

December 30, 2014



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With the snap of the finger and the blink of an eye, another year comes to an end. What were a few of your favorite things? These ten blog posts apparently.

Here’s a glimpse of what your Urban Gardens community loved … Read More…

Seasons Greenings!

December 23, 2014



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We love our Urban Gardens community! Thank you so much for all of your support this year. Urban Gardens traveled the world in 2014–to palace gardens in Venice and to Milan Design Week in search of cool things to share. More … Read More…

Ten Cool and Creative Upcycling Ideas

December 20, 2014



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Upcycling is not just an admirable play on words, it’s also a creative way to produce less waste while contributing to the increasingly important effort towards sustainability. But besides all that, it can just be a lot of fun. Once you start Read More…

Getting Into the Sling of It

December 15, 2014



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I think it’s time for a nap. After gazing at the following gang of glorious hammocks, I’m already dreaming. I can’t resist the allure of lounging somewhere that envelops my shape and suspends me in midair. Imagine yourself relaxing in one of these Read More…

Reclaimed Boat Sails Upcycled as Portable Planters

December 14, 2014



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In the hands of Parsons School of Design grads, Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse, a local sail maker’s post-production sailcloth waste and scrap boat covers have been reborn as planters. Not just planters, but portable flat-folding, space-saving babes that can Read More…

Urban Gardens 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

December 3, 2014



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Drumroll! It’s that time of year and we’re excited to present our 2014 holiday gift guide, a curated list of 12 fun, functional, and fashionable items for home and garden. Have you been naughty or nice? No matter, we’re not judging. Go ahead, treat yourself Read More…

Hydroponic Vertical Gardens and Heliostats Flourish on Sustainable Skyscraper

November 19, 2014



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When iconic French architect Jean Nouvel and his botanist and landscape “artist” colleague and friend Patrick Blanc collaborate, you can expect a novel and cutting edge statement combining the best of their respective talents with the latest in green technologies, aka a work of Read More…

Back to Basics: Chic Multitasking Easy-to-Assemble Plant-Loving Furniture

November 4, 2014

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Having recently downsized from a 3800 sq. foot house to a 680 sq. foot apartment, I am now the poster girl for small space living. As I optimize every square inch in my new place, double or even triple-duty designs are becoming Read More…

Climbing Up: 10 Innovative Vertical Garden Ideas

September 18, 2014



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I often think of vertical gardens as the utilitarian cousin of the decorative container garden. You’d love a vegetable garden, but your studio apartment in the city didn’t come with an acre of land. Enter the vertical garden. Focusing only Read More…

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