Tim van de Weerd's Monstera plant pots balance on spindly legs
Dutch designer Tim van de Weerd has created two steel plant pots resembling "creatures" with root-like legs.
The two versions of Tim van de Weerd's Monstera pots –a high version, Monstera Magnifica, and the lower Monstera Fugiens – both feature fragile-looking stands that are in fact made of steel bars.
The steel is bent by hand into the shape of roots, moulded with industrial, chemical epoxy clay and finished with a thick layer of white, high-gloss lacquer.
"Regular plant pots and planters are very static, rigid and don't give any credit to the natural origin of the plant. To me they seem the ultimate form of cultivation," Van de Weerd told Dezeen.
"I wanted to design a plant pot that is more an extension of the plant rather than a separate object, cutting the plant off."
The names Monstera Magnifica and Monstera Fugiens are intended to emphasise the feeling of the pots being part of the plant.
"The plant pots, being the extensions of the plants, seem to be creatures in themselves," said Van de Weerd. "Giving them a botanical name emphasises this."
The vessels are named after the Monstera genus of tropical plants, native to tropical regions of the Americas and commonly grown indoors.
"Monstera refers to the plant that inspired the project and represents the family name," the designer said. "Magnifica (exalted) and Fugiens (fleeing) refer to the character of each plant pot. Maybe more members to the Monstera family will be added in the future."
The Monstera Magnifica and Monstera Fugiens plant pots were shown during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last year and can be now viewed at a concept store Eindhoven in Utrecht.
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