The positive impact that plants have on health and happiness is long proven. But with the dreary months of winter looming (and sweeping orders to stay at home still in effect across much of the world), finding moments to connect with nature can take some creativity. Help stave off the seasonal blues by carving out space for indoor gardens with planters and vases by Ligne Roset, Kroft, BuzziSpace and others.
Wanting a better way to corral and display his own plant life at home led Toronto furniture designer Dustin Kroft (of eponymous studio Kroft) to develop this refined trough-like Plant Stand. Supported by four cylindrical solid ash wood legs, the powder-coated metal basin is 68.5 centimetres long and nearly 30 centimetres deep, offering a generous home for a variety of potted plants along with books, throws and any other items that need a place to land.
A fine hemmed detail along the top edge adds a handsome accent to the handcrafted piece, which is available in three finish combinations – Oxford white with navy or natural legs and black with natural legs.
Recreating mid-century modern classics, Veronica and Jon Denne of LBE Design have produced a series of indoor planters with vintage appeal: The Cylinder Collection includes vessels with or without a wood stand (natural or darkened teak or blackened mahogany), while the Round Two planters with separate overflow saucer pay homage to the work of Finnish artist and industrial designer Richard Lindh.
All pieces are made from high-fired stoneware and hand-finished with a waterproof matte glaze; they’re offered in multiple sizes and colourways, including white, black and such muted pastels as oatmeal, grey, olive, blush and peachy terracotta.
German-born, New York-based designer Maximilian Eicke originally conceived his recently launched collection of vases while furnishing his own family’s retreat in Bali. Reminiscent in shape to an hourglass, the hand-blown lime-soda glass vessels feature a faceted twisting form that was achieved using an intricate multi-piece moulding technique. The resulting flourish refracts light in an unexpected way.
Inspired by precious stones and classic crystal-cut glass, the Twist vases are part of a larger collection of glassware entitled Ghost that includes similarly shaped tumblers and highballs. The entire series is offered in five hues – clear, solid blue, pink and green and a spotted leopard – and adds a touch of elegance and interest to any room, with or without flowers.
Doing triple-duty as planter, acoustical solution and space divider, BuzziPlanter is a hard-working piece that can introduce some greenery into communal workspaces. An internal plastic pot safely houses the plants and is wrapped in a generous layer of high-density foam, which in turn is covered in breathable fabric. The dual upholstery materials work together to absorb both high and low frequency sounds emitted from nearby conversations, ringing phones and HVAC systems.
BuzziPlanter by BuzziSpace comes in different shapes and six sizes (ranging in height from 47 to 107 centimetres) which can be used as standalone pieces or arranged in groupings to delineate micro-environments in open-plan spaces (optional wheels make it easy to move the planters where needed). A wide assortment of fabrics and colourways (from neutral and subdued to vibrant) are available to suit any interior.
Danish brand Fredericia introduced its Complements collection of material-driven objects as a, well, complement to its Scandinavian-inspired furniture pieces. Part of the series (which includes designs by Space Copenhagen, Cecilie Manzl, OeO, Maria Bruun and others) is the Hydro vase by Copenhagen-based designer Sofie Østerby.
Taking a modern approach to ancient Greek vessels and classic ceramic vases, Østerby’s vases are made from cast brass, a material she chose for both its malleability and the characterful patina it will develop over time. Tapering at both ends, the cylindrical vase is treated with a black oxidized finish for an authentic look. Hydro is available in two heights, 20 and 30 centimetres.
For his two-in-one creation for Ligne Roset, French designer François Azambourg placed a tall cylindrical vase inside a shorter cubic one, a composition that allows for two-tiered floral arrangements.
Playing with the transparency of the material, the mouth-blown and hand-cut glass pieces are tinted grey and each feature engraved motifs of crisscrossing lines in varying thickness that create a compelling dynamic when viewed together. The vessels can also be used independently to bring an artistic sculptural-like element to different areas of the home.
Whether for lush arrangements or single-stem displays, these attractive planters and vases help create a pleasant indoor environment.