Urbio: A Modular and Magnetic Urban Garden

August 26, 2011
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Urbio: A Modular and Magnetic Urban Garden

Urbio is a new planter and storage solution for people tight on space. The modular planters allow city dwellers to bring some green into their cramped apartments without taking up too much space. The modern containers have magnetic backing that allow for easy mounting on special wall panels, or they can stick to each other to form sculptural centerpieces.

Design, urbio, planter

Design, urbio, planter

The idea and initiative came from the minds of Beau Oyler and Jared Aller of Enlisted Design and Tim Cui of Volare Studio as a vertical solution to growing plants in smaller spaces. And they must be on the right track because Urbio was met with enthusiastic support on Kickstarter and around the blogosphere. The project earned $77,434 in funds—more than five times their goal of $15,000. They've just begun production and plan to have the first round of final product delivered sometime this fall.

Design, urbio, planter

Design, urbio, planter

I've seem people use recycled bottles and makeshift PVC units to create a similar effect, but let's be honest, these look way cooler, and they're made from eco plastics. The slightly curved tops and modern forms make them a bit more decor conscious than standard planters.

Design, urbio, planter

Design, urbio, planter

I do hope users remember to think about the plants and do a little research before they install this system. Just because it will look best on a certain wall, doesn't mean plants will thrive there, depending on light and other factors. Plus, there are no drainage holes, which means certain plants won't do well in the pots for the long term. But with a little planning, I'm sure most people can introduce a bit of hearty green into their lives (like cacti and succulents).

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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