Easy-to-grow air plants (Tillandsia) have become quite popular in the last few years, due to their low-maintenance character and hardiness, even when cared for by people with so-called "black thumbs". California-based landscape architect Josh Rosen of Airplantman is taking these decorative plants to the next level, creating attractive (and 100 percent recyclable) frames and vases that highlight the otherworldly beauty of these plants.
First off, Rosen's AirplantFrame is made to accommodate multiple Tillandsia specimens within its powder-coated aluminum borders. Plants are kept in place with a net of stainless steel cable, and the frame can be hung up indoors or out, or attached to feet to help it stand up, creating a kind of living art piece. The patent-pending design allows light and air to flow through, allowing air plants to grow without soil -- all it takes is to spray or placing the plants in water while they are in the frame. Frames come in different sizes, and can be grouped together for an even more striking effect.
Besides the frames, there are these lovely vases, dubbed AirplantVessels, made of either wood or ceramic (coming in colours like black, white, orange and aqua) and available in different sizes. Air plants are inserted into the metal spiral, creating an attractive, living decoration.
Not only does the company handcraft their line in California, they also offer starter kits of sustainably grown air plants and a portion of the profits are donated to protect air plants' native ecosystems too. These simple but delightful frames are a elegant way to showcase the uniqueness of each plant, without too much fuss or cash investment. Prices start at USD $35, to see the full collection, visit Airplantman.