Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso
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Italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso has designed a flexible flower pot that can double in capacity to accommodate plants as they grow and prevent the need for repotting (+ slideshow).

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

Emanuele Pizzolorusso's silicone rubber Fold Pot starts out with its top folded down to create a small container suitable for a young plant.


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As the plant grows, the top can be straightened out, doubling the capacity of the pot. Additional soil can be added, providing space for the plant's roots to extend.

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

"While plants continually change, their pots have always been designed as immobile objects," Pizzolorusso said. "I saw some workers in a public garden in Helsinki with a plant in a container that looked like a sack. I started playing around with the concept of a soft pot that could be unrolled to become bigger."

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

One of Pizzolorusso's biggest challenges was to achieve the desired aesthetic at each stage of unfolding. The designer made several 3D-printed prototypes before moulding the final design in silicone rubber.

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

"It was important to keep a perfectly circular shape even when the pot was folded," he told Dezeen. "This was achieved by engineering the wall thickness in several parts of the object."

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

Pizzolorusso used a clean silhouette and specific colours to mimic the hard materials used for traditional plant pots.

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

"Usually silicon rubber objects are designed to look soft, playful and rubbery," said the designer. "Instead I used very sharp edges, as if the pot was made of marble or some other very hard material."

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

"I also decided not to use the pop colours usually associated with plastic," he continued. "The final result is a plant pot suitable for growing small plants and spices, that works with contemporary interiors and wooden furniture."

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

The Fold Pot was designed for Hong Kong brand Zincere and is available in black, grey and terracotta colours.

Fold Pot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Zincere

Pizzolorusso's previous projects include a waste-paper basket made from 30 removable pleated paper containers and indestructable city maps.

  • gac

    Folding the pot up and adding more soil is repotting.

    • Romain_M

      Granted, but this could spare you the need for a second, larger pot.

      Could prove useful for small interior plants, when you don’t need that much soil to begin with. I wouldn’t feel comfortable pushing around a soft container for larger plants.

    • Clemens

      No it’s not. Period.