As world populations continue to urbanize, many people find themselves living in smaller apartments that might not have the best light or placement for growing houseplants, much less a food-producing windowfarm. Kiel, Germany's We Love Eames created this set of glass planters that allow urban apartment dwellers to get their home greenery growing, without the need for windows and sunlight.
Seen over at Design Milk, the studio's Mygdal collection features a lovely hand-blown glass container that has its own dedicated light, and as such, doubles as an extra light source in the home.
The designers say on Bored Panda:
[We] decided to design the Mygdal plant light to greenery to grow in windowless spaces as hotels or restaurants. It doesn’t require any human care like ventilation or irrigation. The plant light makes use of the physical similarity between LED and sunlight. Thus, the plants can perform photosynthesis. The luminaire is a completely self-sustaining ecosystem where the plants can grow undisturbed for years.
On top of this, the lamp has a special coating that allows for the floor model's top light to remain cable-free, an admittedly nifty component:
The standing lamp provides a new type of electrically conductive glass coating (patent requested), which is able to stream the electricity invisibly along the surface. There is no longer a [necessary] cable connection between the power source and the LED [sic]. This technical innovation opens up absolutely new opportunities in greenery design.
The design is a beautiful way to incorporate lighting and plants -- without needing too much of a green thumb, gratuitous gizmos or even sunlight. It's well-made for those who of us love plants but can't be bothered too much with all the work, and who might need an extra, conversation-starting lamp in the house. More over at We Love Eames.