As details of the 2011 red dot winners continue to trickle through ever so slowly, there is some more good news for Kiwi ingenuity with product design company Boskke picking up its own red dot for its upside down plant pot, the Sky Planter.
What makes the win more impressive is that the Sky Planter is Boskke’s launch product, and a pretty successful one at that. Boskke sales and marketing director Jake Morris says the gravity-defying product is currently selling in 40 countries via 25 distributors. And he says plans are in the pipeline for more innovative urban gardening products.
The whole idea behind the Sky Planter is to celebrate the benefit of living with plants in the built environment without using up precious floor space. And when you consider that globally each day about 200,000 people move to cities and towns, the folks at Boskke are definitely onto something.
What might have you perplexed is how the plant actually stays in the pot while hanging upside down. The pot is fitted out with something Boskke call ‘slo-flo—an internal irrigation system that feeds water directly to the plant’s roots and in the process eliminates evaporation and dripping. There’s also a locking disc to secure the plant and soil.
Boskke, derived from the old English word ‘bosky’ which means ‘a small forest’, was formed as a collaborative effort between brothers Patrick and Jake Morris, the sons of Kiwi potters Morris & James.
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