Biome by Samuel Wilkinson


Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

Product designer Samuel Wilkinson has created a miniature garden that works like a living Tamagotchi.

Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

An application on a smartphone or iPad remotely controls the water, climate and nutrients reaching the flowers inside the flora terrarium.

Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

Full spectrum LED lights replicate daylight inside the dome, which can be planted with different arrangements.

Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

Biome is a response to the speed of life in the digital age and encourages smartphone users to take time out to care for their plants.

Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

Samuel Wilkinson previously collaborated with Hulger on the design of the award-winning Plumen 001 light bulb (see our stories and videos here), which will be on sale at the Dezeen Temporium this Christmas.

Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

Here's some more information from the designer:

London based designer Samuel Wilkinson has designed a flora terrarium that links to your Ipad.

Biome is a flora terrarium that’s works a little like a live tamagotchi – with a smartphone or Ipad as its key to controlling its climate, water level and nutrients. The idea promotes ‘digital downtime’ by finding an alternative use for smartphones and encouraging their owners to consider a slower life. The control and nurturing of a real mini eco-system takes patience and care, contrasting with the immediacy of messaging or tweeting that is so characteristic of the smartphone generation. This smart garden has low energy lighting that can replicate sunlight and contains sensors that link back to the device when connected. It is designed to incorporate different types of environment – tropical, desert, even herb garden – and can be easily controlled by even the least green-fingered of users.

The design was developed for an exhibition titled ‘Slow Tech – Designs for Digital Downtime’ at trend agency Protein’s exhibition space last month. The exhibition was curated by Henrietta Thompson (editor-at-large at Wallpaper*)

Samuel Wilkinson Design Studio:

Samuel Wilkinson set up his industrial studio at the end of 2007 and a year later, in 2008 Wilkinson completed his largest work, L’arbre de Flonville in Lausanne, Switzerland. The work consists of a contemporary town square featuring a 16m sculptural metal tree surrounded by sculpted racine benches. Samuel’s recent design of the Plumen 001 light bulb (collaboration with Hulger) and the Handblown glass lamps ‘Vessel Series’ for DecodeLondon have won international acclaim. Plumen collected the grand prize from the Design Museum of ‘2011 Design of the Year’ in the prestigious Brit Insurance International Design Awards and  Vessel was nominated for Best British Design. Samuel Wilkinson’s commitment and enthusiasm to designing interesting objects is apparent in his work, always looking to add a fresh dynamic approach in either form or function.

  • mik

    what a great invention!!!!!!

  • Jake

    So we promote 'digital downtime' by growing plants digitally? It can be useful when on holiday, i can give my plants water while abroad. Nice.
    But should the quest really be 'finding an alternative use for smartphones' when you are looking for digital downtime? Isn't it more about finding alternatives for digital technology? Like finding a hobby. Like growing plants.

  • ferreol

    Do plants need an iphone or ipad to grow?
    How watching more and more a screen can "encourages smartphone users to take time out to care for their plants" which are stucked inside plastic box.

  • EJNY

    Great product but I find the statement "Biome is a response to the speed of life in the digital age and encourages smartphone users to take time out to care for their plants." ridiculous. If the idea is to take time out to care for our plants, i.e. get off our phone, tablet, computer, tv, etc., then shouldn't we take care of plants (animals, people, etc.) by actually getting OFF electronics and interact with living things the natural way? Again, really cool product, but that statement is a bit much.

  • observer

    A silly idea i agree with the others, but at least get a plant that fits that thing….

    I can see its only a concept model, but honestly i think it needed much more thought before getting to that stage.

  • Wow! that's blooming marvellous!

  • I WANT ONE! But do I really need an iPad or a iPhone to make it work?

  • This might appeal aging Pokemon fans.

    "Gladiolus, I choose you!!"

  • Xit

    How do you get the plants in there ?…..

    Poke-em -on

    boom tish

  • Greenish

    Would have been a lovely product just as a plant-growing contraption. How lovely for people with very little natural daylight in their home/workspace to be able to grow plants anyway (although perhaps not the most likely to be able to afford it).

    With all the app stuff as well it's like they've gone a bit too far along the Pointless Pseudo-Futuristic Invention line.

  • osawa charles

    I love how it’s like “tamagotchi” and Dezeen ppl understands that language.

    It’s cool how we can be like friends to plants through technology.

    I wanna play some music to my plants. You know they start moving vigorously right? (very slow but vigorous)

  • A useful way to grow a bonsai if you can get it out to prune it. At least you wouldn’t have to worry when traveling and it’s a nice way to relax. I’d like to see something like this for herbs and small chilli plants for the home with something that’s practically completely automated… encourage people to cook and engage with fresh produce. Reminds me of Back to The Future II

  • How ever did our planet's flora thrive before we designed white plastic environments for them?

    The "living Tamagotchi" bit has to be ironic. Please tell me that's purposefully ironic.