There’s good news for urban dwellers longing for a patch of green in their small space. Brothers Miguel and Rodney Nelson have created portable, flexible, breathable gardening containers dubbed Woolly Pockets. The pockets come in a number of sizes, ranging from the Wee Woolly, which can host a tabletop herb garden, up to the Knoll, which can hold a 15-gallon fruit tree, or Meadow, a 4’ square oasis of vegetation suitable for a small garden. For those who are especially space-challenged, Woolly Pockets offers Wallys, containers that can be hung on walls or other vertical surfaces for aerial gardening. Wallys come in one, three, or five-pocket modules, and can be used to create living walls of any size. Not just for home use, the Pockets have a number of potential applications, including bringing gardening to urban kids. Woolly Pockets has teamed up with School Nutrition Plus to install edible gardens in public schoolyards throughout Los Angeles and is working with the city to create community gardens in other parts of the city. If the product story wasn’t green enough, Woolly Pockets are handmade in the U.S.A. from recycled plastic bottles. And while the company offers the pockets on their site in neutral tones of black, brown, and cream, Miguel Nelson assures us that any color is possible (with a significant order), so if you want your Pocket to complement your posies, that is an option.
Mark those calendars: Product Placement 2.1 will happen Feb. 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Nemo Tile Company, Inc., located at 48 East 21st Street in New York City. This installment—which we’re organizing in conjunction with Ceramic Tiles of Italy and Nemo—will focus on those fab porcelain and ceramic slabs, the designers who make them, and the processes and trends in the field. And if you’ve never thought about the artistic value of tile, prepare to be schooled.
The event will be free, with the presentation starting at 7 p.m.; networking and drinks will happen before and after. Beat the rush and RSVP, as this one is going to be especially crowded: email@example.com.
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In an industry where designers typically struggle to protect their work against unauthorized or low-cost reproductions, Lindsey Adelman has taken a bold step. The talented artist/designer recently relaunched her web presence, and there, among the hand-blown glass and custom metal ceiling fixtures that sell from $3,600 to over $20,000 (depending upon the number of globes desired), is the “you make it” chandelier. Adelman provides detailed drawings, step-by-step instructions, and a materials list complete with recommended sources so that fans of her work can make their own Adelman-designed piece. At least two have done so successfully, and one estimates the cost of materials at $120, plus their labor. Comments in the shelter blog world have been unanimously positive in response to Adelman’s generous gift to the DIY community, but we’re curious as to how other designers and design retailers, especially those whose product offering is readily “knockoffable”, will react to this foray into open source product design. From the Product Placement perspective, it is an illuminating insight into Adelman’s approach to design, but we do wonder if it may lessen the perceived value of her custom work. In other words, this artful experiment may not serve her long-term business well.