Top Ten Design Finds From Maison & Objet Paris 2016

January 31, 2016

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It was apparent during my recent visit to the design show Maison & Objet in Paris, that furniture and home accessories brands traditionally known for interior products are venturing outdoors.

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As evidence of the trend toward indoor-outdoor living, the show … Read More...

The Creative Mind Behind Opus Hanging Gardens

July 27, 2013

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The word “Opus” refers to creation or works of art, an encompassing, open-to-interpretation definition that suited what Marissa Pretorius hoped to do with her life.

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“I did not want to be bound by the name, but rather have a creative … Read More...

Cool Indoor-Outdoor Modular Cylinder Planters

November 1, 2012

As soon as I saw the Décor Fiori Cylinders, it was instant love. What do I love? These lightweight cylinders are fabulous for small spaces and are really versatile: you can use them indoors or outdoors, individually or in multiples … Read More...

Hang a Balcony Farm Outside Your Apartment Kitchen

February 19, 2012

SkyFarm is cool a vertical gardening concept from German designer Manuel Dreesman that reduces the distance food travels from miles to right outside the kitchen window. One can farm in minimal urban space with this system consisting of a suspended … Read More...

China’s Growing Urban Population Sprouts Urban Farms

December 22, 2011


Illustration: Guillermo Munro for the China Daily.

In response to its growing urbanization, China is reinventing the “garden city” concept in order to create space for both its urban and its displaced rural citizens. Every year, more than 15 million … Read More...

Burro’s Tail Hangs Out

July 26, 2011

Paris Lowitz, a recent graduate from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, designed this elegant styrene plastic plant vessel for the Burro’s Tail plant. Her vessel is suspended from a thin wire “to accommodate the Burro’s Tail natural … Read More...

World’s Largest Hanging Flower Basket

January 3, 2011


Photo: Ken Lennox

Towering 25 ft above the ground, a 20 x 10ft flower basket known as ‘The Hanging Gardens of Paddington’, contains over 100 different varieties of plants and flowers, including orchids, roses, ivy, daisies, gerberas, ferns, conifers and Read More...

Vertical Farming on Rise for Urban Food Supply

July 9, 2010


Valcent Product’s VertiCrop system of hanging gardens

By 2050 more than 80% of the world’s population is expected to be living in urban areas. How will we feed them? Vertical farming offers a highly effective, sustainable, and cost-efficient solution. On … Read More...

Dutch Artists Plant Public Mobile Vertical Gardens

June 20, 2010

A group of Dutch artists have made Amsterdam a little greener with the launch in March of the Mobile Gardens, an initiative to promote vertical gardening with citizens of Amsterdam New West.

The mobile garden project, created by artists Jair Read More...

Stringing Together an Urban Garden

March 27, 2010

What started out two years ago as the whimsical project of Fedor, a Dutch fellow about whom nobody seems to know much, has blossomed into a series of string gardens: planted hanging gardens that are a variation of Read More...

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