Spring is here! The Nordics are coming alive with people who rise from of their hibernation, wearing sunglasses and smiles on their faces, and look to experience the steadily increasing warmth and sunshine as the gloom of winter fades away.
Here at Nordic Style we’re embracing the season in a number of ways, e.g. by taking a look at the spring street style in Stockholm.
Being in Iceland however – the rainy windy place in the far north – I can’t help but feel that spring might have been distributed a bit unevenly as I see pictures on social media of people in other countries smiling in the sun as I look out my window at the grey cloud-filled sky and listen to the wind whistling endlessly.
That being said, this spring does bring me one very reassuring thought: Summer is just around the corner! And to ease my impatience and bitter jealousy toward my fellow Northern-Europeans, there are a few things that can be done to get a jumpstart on summer.
This simply involves placing things in our immediate surroundings that awaken that summer feeling within us, and for me – it’s plants. Leaves and grass turning green while flowers blossom, filling the air with fragrance, is to me the most essential part of experiencing summer.
Thankfully this season is all about indoor plants. Designers from all over the world are unveiling their spring/summer collections that include wide varieties of flowerpots and planters of all shapes and sizes. Among the classic wood and ceramic pots there are a lot of other different materials being used, like glass and metals, in addition to there being no boundaries where placement is concerned.
The options are countless! Here are some of my favourites…
This collection is from the Icelandic Postulína and features pots made of clay that are inspired by their typical old-school ceramic predecessors. The pots come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and each one is carefully handmade. The collection was showcased at Epal during Designmarch.
Ferm Living has a wide variety of pots and plant products and their most recent catalogue shows that plants can have a place in every room of the home. The pots range from big round ceramic floor pots to small hexagon pots made of brass and plant hangers in a variety of sizes. They’ve also stepped far outside the box with their graphic plant walls for plants to “crawl on” as well as iron plant stands that will surely elevate your everyday plant arrangement.
This charming little item is a miniature greenhouse designed by Caroline Wetterling. Described as a “nursery for the plant’s first stages of life”, the greenhouse is made up of two parts of hand-made glass. The bottom part is the actual pot which holds the soil and the plant itself and the top part is a lid with a valve which lets in air, regulates moisture levels but also acts as a spout to be used for watering.
This collection from OK design, which features plant stands, takes its name from an ancient Anatolian earth goddess – Cibele. The stands are made of metal that can stand outdoor use and they come in three different sizes.
Eva Solo‘s new range of Self-Watering plant pots, designed by Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbæk of Tools design, is an innovative solution to the most common plant-keeping problem: forgetting to water your plants.
They operate in a relatively simple way, each pot is made of two parts – the top part and the bottom part – the top part contains soil and the plant while the bottom part contains water. These two parts are then stacked together and a nylon wick goes from the bottom of the top part and in to the water. This way, the plant draws up all the water it needs!
The range of possibilities is endless and there are countless variations out there so everyone should be able to find an option that fits their home.
If you don’t think you’re ready for the responsibility of keeping a plant alive – have no fear – here is a list of low maintenance plants from Buzzfeed so you can find a plant that suits your daily routine as well as your décor.
Tags: Home inspiration, nordic design
Hugrún is an art and design enthusiast from Iceland, with a deep appreciation for aesthetics that deviate from the conventional.
Being born and raised in the Reykjavík region, she draws inspiration from the city’s quirky small-town culture, and the diversity and individuality of its inhabitants.
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