Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots,
lighting and power sockets

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These hanging plant pots by Dutch designer Roderick Vos incorporate overhead lighting and plug sockets for a space-saving approach to adding greenery to the office.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

The Bucketlight features two LED lights situated and sealed at the bottom of two plant pots joined together. A reinforced electrical cable is then used to hang the Bucketlight from the ceiling.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

"Because we did not have enough floor space at our office and showroom, and were in desperate need of light, the Bucketlight was born," explained Vos.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

The combination of light and plant life then gave rise to a novel way of distributing electricity throughout the designer’s office and showroom in s’-Hertogenbosch, 30 kilometres outside Eindhoven.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

"We created sockets in the objects, enabling us to connect our computers and our workstations, avoiding heaps of tangled cords," the designer said.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

The result is the Powercube. This variant of the Bucketlight features a multi-plug adaptor attached to the pot via a 1.5-metre-long electrical cord.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

Each Bucketlight is made from cast aluminium and covered in a textured green powder-coating. They are in use at the designer's own studio and available through their website.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

Photography is by Rene van der Hulst.

Roderick Vos designs combined plant pots, lighting and power sockets

  • Flowerman

    I wonder how you water the plants, and if there may be a problem with the plugs.

  • Jonathan Tuffin

    Yeah, I’d be worried about electrocuting myself.

  • lozza

    If I had space saving issues I sure as hell wouldn’t think of hanging plants over my head. Also how do you water them? Then look at the photos and his statement please… ‘because we didn’t have enough space in our office.’

    Seriously.

    When will design and designers implode? It seems to me scientists and engineers are the only real designers. An engineer would never make it so difficult to water or maintain a plant. He would do things according to functionality and common sense and yes hear hear, creativity! Look into robotics if you don’t believe this. The funny thing is designers are the ones who claim to make functionality their mantra, while the reality is that’s just babble.

    Maybe this design thing is just a syntax problem.
    Anyway, skim through Dezeen and see if what I wrote makes a little sense.

    This doesn’t just come from direct observation: I studied design, and I know what they trained me to become.

  • lozza

    Dezeen, give colonel pancake, Concerned Citizen and me a column. Let’s talk about it. We’d like to speak and write about content over form. It would not be detrimental to Dezeen and you’re still the guys with the key: you’ll always choose what goes on or what doesn’t. Just give this a try.

  • Airborne

    Even if there were a device to water the plants, at this height I would never try this above a computer or furniture. I really like to hear from the people in that office how they manage the plants. However, I fear this company doesn’t exist (see the last pic).

  • spadestick

    I would think that they are fake plants? hmm… I wonder, since leaves turn themselves toward light as much as they can, I wonder if they will end up furled downwards towards the light. I give it a week before plant death.