Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, designers from Oslo, Norway, created the Anderssen & Voll studio in 2009. The pair were among the founding members of the design studio Norway Says. Today they focus primarily on domestic objects that respond to cultural and market trends. They’ve received the Wallpaper Award, the IF Award and the Honorary Award for best Design in Norway for their work.
They recently partnered with Mjolk, a gallery in Toronto, whose work with designers focuses on “the theme of the daily ritual” in people’s everday lives. Gardening, for example, certainly counts.
Anderssen & Voll created a series of household objects that enhance the act of indoor gardening. Terracotta pots, along with some metal and glass accessories, increase the ease with which one can take care of our chlorophyll-filled friends.
Their terracotta planters show some cleverness for how design functionality can help the health of the plant. A tray at the base of the pot allows the user to water it from below. Watering from the top can displace soil and expose the roots of the plant, whereas watering from the bottom can promote more growth. An opening on the side of the pot allows the user to drain away excess water, an important feature if your plant is getting too much of a good thing.
The glass water bulbs are clever as well. The designers note how some green thumbs water their plants slowly by filling a plastic bottle with water and sticking its opening into the soil. This allows the soil to saturate slowly, without too much water being introduced to the plant’s tiny environment. These bulbs accomplish the same thing, while at the same time looking as though they share in the plant’s organic nature.
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