Angela May

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Posts Tagged ‘urban gardening’

INSPIRATION – Flowerpot Building

(And we’re back, after a bit of an extended holiday :) )


I’m not sure how I feel about the giant red squares, but I love the ways plants are incorporated into this building. As we urbanize more and more, we’re going to have to use every available method to bring living things back to our spaces.

I really dig the variety of shapes and plants and especially the way they evoke pipes (almost like Super Mario!).

Via Inhabitat

Posted: January 15th, 2011
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INSPIRATION: Hydroponic Kitchen Island

I guess my fascination with indoor gardening is no secret now, another piece that caught my eye:

Via inhabitat, the Hydroponic kitchen garden by Peter Buley.

At first I was a little confused, because it seems like there wouldn’t be anywhere to put your feet? I saw this and I had immediately interpreted is a kitchen table, when it’s in fact a kitchen island. Kitchen islands are really useful, but usually they are full of desperately-needed drawers and cupboards. Sacrificing all of that for such a small planter… I’m not sure.

Still, I like the under-this concept a lot, and the design seems very simple and homely. Curious that there are only casters on half of the legs…

Posted: September 28th, 2010
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INSPIRATION – Vertical Gardening

Via Inhabitat -
Vertical Gardens by FLORA GRUBB

Vertical gardening is fascinating. It seems to address so many problems at once…

  • Growing in an urban environment
  • Limited floorspace
  • Bringing the beauty of nature to a sterile jungle of concrete
  • One less perfect painting you need to find!

So I really would like to give one of Flora Grubb’s modular vertical gardens a try.I love their simple, natural aesthetic (Wallpocket especially).

Of course it can’t be as perfect as it seems. I’m sure I’ll manage to over-water, underwater, fail to collect the water, burn it to a crisp, starve it in darkness… we shall see!

But while I’m at it, I may have to pick up a couple of the adorable cube terrarirums...

Posted: August 30th, 2010
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Inspiration – Moss Roundup

I’m really into moss as a decorative element.  While I think I need to look closer into how moss behaves indoors (can it cause mold and other ickyness to form? Can it grow and spread beyond these lovely little containers?) there’s just something about the way moss blankets the natural environment – especially here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s comforting.

This Moss Carpet designed by La Chanh Nguyen uses drippings from the shower to sustain itself. Great use of what is otherwise wasted water. I wonder how moss in the shower itself would behave? (Or is that a terrible idea…)

Could also be combined with this novel umbrella holder concept…

The moss in this glass table is apparently dried and not actualy living, but I still really enjoy the look. Credit for design goes to “Ayohyatra” but I can’t get their site to load.

Kind of want to try my hand at making some moss myself to see what it can do!

Posted: June 24th, 2010
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Inspiration – Bac Sac

I’m really interested in urban gardening, and so I love this “put it anywhere and grow anything” modular concept from Bac Sac.

I think the ones that hang off the railing are my favourite.

The bags themselves are very handsome, and I like the earthy/raw canvas look

Posted: June 23rd, 2010
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