The Green Revolution is spreading its wings and touching our lives from every sphere and in every possible way. Right from green personal grooming options to home decor, it seems to be affecting all the three basic necessities of our lives, namely food, clothing and shelter, directly or indirectly, through other interlinked things as well. Being constantly reminded of the major disaster, which the world is heading towards in anticipation of global warming, every individual is doing his little bit to combat it in his own way. As for us, let’s consider some Indoor garden design ideas for greener interiors, and join hands to fight this problem collectively, by adapting to them.
Grow-ems modular hydrophonic system
If you are a plant lover but space is a constraint within your home, then this indoor garden idea, by designer Monica Willemin, would serve as an ultimate option for you. If your home displays huge empty walls, you can opt for Grow-ems modular hydroponic system for creating a beautiful, clinging to the wall indoor garden that can be installed on the walls. The system is provided with a reservoir, top piece, basic water pump and planting sections on each side, which makes fixing the planters very easy and simple. The height of this modular planter can go up to a maximum of 12 feet, giving you an opportunity to decorate your home by planting a varied variety of scented flowers and beautiful herbs, as per your choice and preference.
Ukiyo-e resin and fiber glass floating garden
Designers Florent Coirier, Grégory Marion and Laurianne Lopez have come up with an extraordinary hanging garden design concept of the 21st century, called Ukiyo-e. It has been created out of resin and fiber glass, which lends a new perspective of suspending the plant to be viewed at eye level, which would enhance its aesthetic beauty and also impart satisfaction through the green patch. It is a beautiful concept, invented to promote indoor gardening, and all it needs is a water surface, the size of which can vary from tubs to pools. The soil of this green patch garden contains vertisol, which is a mixture of organic and inorganic components. These components enhance the quality of the soil, and increase the plant’s lifespan. Also, this soil type requires very less water, without restricting the plant’s growth.
Philips biosphere home farming
As an answer to urban farming problem, Philips has come up with a unique, self sufficient and autonomous farm concept, with an opportunity to grow part of the foods, needed by a nuclear family, within the confines of their urban dwelling. Named as the mini-biosphere home farming, it is a futuristic kitchen concept, in which one would be able to produce filtered water, cooking gas and even foods of your own choice. For this, the system would not use electricity, instead it would use solar energy and organic wastes which would provide a diverse ecosystem for plants, vegetables, algae, fish, etc. to exist together and function in harmony. The basic plan of the system would be divided in different levels. The upper two tank levels would be allotted to plants. Next level would contain algae, followed by a tank containing fishes and shrimps. The last layer would have organic garbage from the kitchen wastes, for methane gas production and water purification. If planned properly, you would be able to have fish on your dinner plate directly from your tanks. The methane gas produced would be used for cooking purpose. The concept is still under development process. If successful, it would prove to be a revolutionary invention in the segment of green interiors.
‘Plan T’ mini greenhouse for indoor plantation
Increased population and compact spacing is diminishing greenery, especially from urban areas. In such a scenario, Elina Piukkula’s Plan T comes in as a very handy option. It is a mini greenhouse, in real terms, which can easily be installed within the confines of your home. It will function like a greenhouse and will also allow you to take care of it with ease. It will grow herbs and short shrubs within it. Taking care of the plant is even more interesting and convenient. An indicator indicates and signals when the plant is short of water and you can water it accordingly. This mini greenhouse can be installed anywhere on the floor or even on the wall, depending on the availability of space.
Vegetalis: Seating unit with plants around
A smart project from John Kendall, Vegetalis, is a source of inspiration to the urban dwellers. The main element of the concept is mobility, which can be seen in this project. The mobile unit incorporates all the elements of nature i.e. earth, water, wood and plants, which not only helps you to create a small indoor garden for yourself, but also adds a spot, within your home, which can be used for relaxation and inspiration. You can grow anything in this unit, including vegetables, as long as the plant does not demand a larger chunk of your floor space. Sitting next to it helps you relive your time with nature, which seems nearly impossible in an urban jungle, with a fast pacing routine life.
Aeroponics based ‘Eco Grow’ makes growing fruit fun
In an effort to increase the daily vegetable consumption of the residents of U.K., from three per day to five per day, designer Rob Scott has introduced an innovative concept of growing fruits and vegetables with a fruit growing device called the Eco Grow. The Eco Grow uses the soilless plant growing technology known as aeroponics. Here the user sprays nutrients over the roots of the plant, allowing it to get the correct amount of nutrients and water that it needs in order to grow at its best. This enables the Eco Grow technology to work fruitfully in all geographical conditions. The electronic device uses a solar-powered pump to spray water and nutrients on the plant, which enhances its growth at a fast pace.
U-Grow a self sustaining, indoor growing system
“U-Grow” is a gardening concept developed by Tom Gould, for those who do not have ample space in their urban homes to have a kitchen garden. It is an indoor Aeroponic growing system, based on the self sustaining garden concept, which utilizes nutrient reclamation from organic kitchen wastes. The user simply has to fill the 10 liter tank that intakes kitchen waste, recycles and diverts it, and plant seeds and nutrients membrane in it and let the system do the rest.
DNA-inspired hydroponic plant system
Industrial designers Rafael Fernando daSilva and Débora Nogueira came up with an idea of indoor plantation concept that would bring about good times together, for a couple, while indulging in household activities like cooking, and also add class to their home. It is a DNA-inspired hydroponic plantation structure that consists of two vertical metal tubes. Germinated seeds of the plants, you want, are placed into small holes around the tubes. A net is placed in order to hold these seeds till they start growing. What’s so interesting about this concept is the light system. This concept does not need light for plants to grow. A light source, which is capable of irradiating equivalent sun’s energy and light, is opted for. This source is programmed in such a manner that it follows the natural sun cycle and removes the obligation of having the system placed in a sunlit area. This innovative concept not only ensures a healthy life concept of growing one’s own organic food without making use of harmful fertilizers, but also looks like a green sculpture within your home, thereby adding to its beautification.
Portable vertical gardens for indoor farming, Ecohabitare
Empty and vacant walls can now be utilized to create newer methods of indoor farming. An innovative concept, designed by Daniele Adamo and Ravel Casela, would enable a garden to grow up the walls of your lovely home, up to a maximum length of three meters. Christened as Ecohabitare, it would showcase a portable vertical garden, made from flat plates, acquired out of recycled packages and plastics. Ecohabitare can be easily installed in a balcony or any service area, which receives up to 4 hours of sunlight, everyday. The system provides enough room for flexibility in its maintenance, by enabling you to work on it while standing, thereby assisting in reduction of strain on your back, less usage of water, effective pest control, reduction of the number of weeds and insects and lesser time to harvest, only 20 minutes precisely, and irrigate daily. The vertical gardens can be used to grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits but are best suited for growing chives, parsley, tomato, basil, mint, bold, strawberry and rosemary. Adding to his convenience, the grower needs to change the fertilized soil only once a year and add new seeds at that time itself.
Halo Aerocell – an indoor plantation concept for urban areas
With constant depletion of available farming land in urban areas, industrial designers are constantly working on newer farming techniques, with the help of hydroponic and aeroponic systems, to enable the growth of food, indoors, without requiring soil or other maintenance factors, for the years to come. Designed by Han Bin Siew, the Halo Aerocell system is one such concept. It is an autonomous system that uses electronic components to grow and maintain the growth of the plants. The system functions on nutrient cartridges, which have to be checked and replaced on depletion constantly, from time to time.
Living Lamp Provides Green Indoor Gardening Space
A futuristic design concept of indoor gardening by the designers Ingela Viks and Line Kai Raivet from Estonia is in its budding stage, with a high tech gardening solution as a boon to apartment gardeners, who lack availability and accessibility to balconies and rooftops to grow their small indoor garden. The concept would consist of a flat metal base, fitted with a matte-covered light bulb inside it, which would provide sufficient light and water to growing plants, while making use of the available space in the best possible manner. The plants would be housed vertically on one single metal stand, which would be able to support up to 24 specialized plant pots, to grow any number of vegetables, herbs, or flowers all year long, thereby providing them with sufficient light and water, automatically, as per their requirement. In the presence of sufficient natural light, and even at night, the light would shut off on its own, hence saving power and energy both.
Urbio indoor vertical gardening
Urbio is a gardening kit that presents a solution to the space constraints of any modern urban home. Scientifically addressed as a twist on the skyscraper’s promise of building vertically, the concept has been created by collaboration of Enlisted Design and Volare Studio. It is a wall mounted magnetic gardening kit, which provides pots of two sizes strongly held against the wall with the help of powerful neodymium magnets. The pots can easily be removed, with a firm tug and placed anywhere on the wall. This elegant collection of pots not only brings a garden in your home, but also adds color to your dead urban walls.
Windows are a natural source of sufficient sunlight. With a dearth of available space to encourage a full-fledged indoor garden, designer Jose Rodrigo de la O has developed and introduced the Vegetable window pot, also known as window agriculture. This concept uses the basic way of making effective use of freely available solar energy in any window opening, to develop a small garden in your space starved home. All you need to do is stick transparent plastic containers, containing soil and plant of your choice, to the window with the help of a double sided tape. Depending on the size of your window and your plastic container, you can grow plants, ranging from small herbs to vegetables and fruits. The best part of this practice is that you do not even need professional help and it encourages diversifying of unnoticed and unwanted home resources to support a beautiful garden, without involving any extra effort.
Trio Dish Drier by Jordan Bailey
Jordan Bailey has invented an excellent and simple way of recycling waste water, generated from washed dishes in the kitchen. The Trio Dish Drier, as it has been named by the designer, has cute little containers located at the bottom of its rack. Involving no fuss, unlike other water recycling projects, water generated from washed dishes, in an effort to dry them, is transferred down to these pots, containing small herbs. The water, thereby, support their growth, making your kitchen more healthy and beautiful. This technique recycles water and supports water conservation at the same time.
Domsai Modern Indoor Planters from Matteo Cibic
“Domsai” planters look like miniature men, crafted out of ceramic and mouth blown glass. The design is unique for each Domsai and brings a different dimension to your indoor garden. Their height is also moderate, about 11 inches tall and has been handcrafted in Italy by the designer Matteo Cibic as a solution to provide and encourage green indoors for space constraints in urban dwellings.