PLANTATION: porcelain planters by Alicja Patanowska – upcycleDZINE
What about design planters that let you bring more nature into your interior? Of Course it should be upcycle design. Some time ago upcycleDZINE featured a design just like that. The post was about Elegant Farm by oopsmark. An impressive vertical garden system that gives you the possibility to grow your own organic herbs and vegetables at home.

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How to enjoy nature with porcelain planters

Well today I want to show you another design that’s all about nature. During my visit to the Dutch Design Week 2015 this October, I came across upcycle design called ‘PLANTATION‘ by Polish designer Alicja Patanowska, who lives and works in London | UK and Wroclaw | Poland.

PLANTATION: porcelain planters by Alicja Patanowska – upcycleDZINE
Alicia desperately wanted to create something out of objects that had been abandoned. Out of this desire she created PLANTATION, a series of porcelain elements designed for growing herbs and ornamental plants using the principles of hydroponics. By using only water, no soil, this method allows you to obeserve the growing process of both the stems and the roots.

PLANTATION: porcelain planters by Alicja Patanowska – upcycleDZINE
PLANTATION: porcelain planters by Alicja Patanowska – upcycleDZINE
Photo © upcycleDZINE

What triggered this project was debris she found in the early mornings between 4 – 6 am in the streets of London. Alicja Patanowska: “The nightlife of the city leaves behind many traces – among them abandoned glasses in the most unexpected places.” For a duration of one month she got up early and searched the streets and collected glasses from bus stops, benches, curbs, alleys, gates and even shopping carts.
Because all these glasses have different shapes and sizes, Alicja created an assortment of handmade porcelain planters that can be inserted into a variety of glasses.
Alicja Patanowska:

“These unique porcelain components are suitable for growing plants and when turned upside down it can be used as a mini greenhouse, ideal during seed germination. This project allows to reinvent the function of an ordinary glass vessel and give it a new context and purpose. Look for the many possibilities that surround you to create your own home breeding plantation!”

PLANTATION: porcelain planters by Alicja Patanowska – upcycleDZINE
Photos © Sylvain Deleu

If you want to start your own mini-farm, you’ll need to put seed and one of several PLANTATION shapes on top of a discarded glass. And voila, enjoy nature.

Design by Alicja Patanowska | Facebook


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