Emilia Lucht and Arne Sebrantke of German design studio We Love Eames designed an interesting lamp Mygdal Plantlamp that allow greenery to grow inside without the use of direct sunlight and water. They worked closely with glass blower to create the ideal shape for the lamp and the end result is two versions – a pendant lamp and a standing lamp. Both lamps have small plants growing inside and LED light is used to replicated sunlight. The lights are a completely self-sustaining ecosystem, where they claim the plants can grow undisturbed for years. Sounds pretty cool. However, I am not sure how the plant can live without water. Anyway, interesting idea but not quite practical for me.
Drosera, commonly known as the sundews, is one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants, including more than 194 species that lure, capture, and digest insects by using glands that cover their leaves. In photographer Joni Niemelä‘s gorgeous images, these individual droplets shine with exquisitely-speckled details, adding a mystical feel to the hungry plant. Below are some photos of Niemelä’s photo series about sundrew and you can find more on your website.
Located in Queensland, Australia, Planchonella House is a beautiful house with playful concrete lines, designed by architect Jesse Bennett and his wife, interior designer Anne-Marie Campagnolo. Making most of its tropical rainforest environment, you can really separate the outside enviroment with inside interiors of the house. The wings created on each side of the edge float into the surrounding rainforest and become part of the tree canopy. The whole design is wrapped around the courtyard, which is an oasis that provides sun, light, ventilation, happiness, activity, visual stimulation, and entertainment. It also provides connection to the surrounding rainforest, connection from one part of the house to another, and acts as the focal node to the promenade experience of moving through the house. Moreover, the wide usage of glass making the house fully blended with its surroundings. Indoor plants can be seen everywhere inside the various rooms. Even the featured wall in bedroom are reminds you of the nature. The whole place is full of a sense of freedom and freshness.
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. While in recent years, miniaturization trend of Bonsai has been going even further. There is a new type of bonsai, called “cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai”, which is less than 3cm in height. Due to its extreme tiny size, you can easily find a spot anywhere for this little greenery. Of course, not all traditional bonsai species are appropriate for such small space. But a whole range of others seems well-suited to life in a thimble, including simple garden weeds. Would you like to have some tiny bonsai on your desk?