Monday, December 1, 2008

Top 5 architectural Planters

In my days of renting and moving house regularily I was continually faced with the issue of being a budding plantsman and not having a plot to call my own. I enjoyed keeping plants, the process of sculpting them, experimenting with different plant material and growing food. The planter was always there to offer me a sense of permanence, to keep me engaged, and of course, mobile if nescassary. Since then I have always been drawn to plant material grown in containers and I use them in my gardens and landscapes wherever possible. It is this interest that has compelled me to put together a list of some of the favourites I have come across in my travels and some I have used in my own designs here in Victoria. Comments and feedback are always welcome.   

1. Atelier Veirkant

Hand made in Bruge these planters capture a contemporary style with impeccable craftsmanship.

Atelier Vierkant
available through cblstudio

2. Tuttisuperterra planter by Marco Ferreri

In a smaller setting these could really optimise the use of space while adding modular architectural interest. The tuttisuperterra can be used alone or stacked. Material-terracino lite, similar to terra cotta but without the problems of cracking and chipping. Dimensions: 11.8" x 19.7" x 19.7"; 15.4 pounds.

Tuttisuperterra planter by Marco Ferreri
available through cblstudio

3. Szolyd (CDN)

The picture below is a clients garden I recently designed, and Szolyds planters were key in tying the modern concrete home with the surrounding landscape. Szolyd is a Victoria based company specializing in innovative design solutions for hard surface architectural features and furnishings.

available through cblstudio

4. Serralunga's Missed Tree

This planter stands out from the others in the list with its scale, form, and materials. It is not only a planter but sculpture as well. The shape of "Missed tree I and II" is redolent of the elements of nature, bringing to mind the forms of the plant world without breaking from the technological world. The two versions, one formed of a single body (Missed Tree I) and the other with a branching element (Missed Tree II) offer the potential for endless combinations.
Material: polyethylene; white, black and red lacquered base in brushed steel. Dimensions: Missed-tree I: height 159 cm, steel base 42 x 42 cm. Missed-tree II: height 200 cm, width 75 cm Missed-tree III: depth 47 cm, width 41 cm, height 57 cm

Missed 1 + 2 Tree
available through cblstudio

As a passionate cultivator of my own food, this product from Food Map Design is a welcomed evolution from the typical vegetable pot. Perfect for the gardener with limited space, this planter is very simply constructed, has a comfortable height to work from and is easy to keep clean and who says you have to only grow food in it.
Material- the food map container is manufactored in Los Angeles county and is made with 100% poost consumer recycled HDPE and is 100% recyclable. HDP is non toxic and Bisphenol A and Phthalate free. Available in two sizes. Low height 23.25" width 15.25" length 33". Tall height 30" width 15.25" length 33"

Food Map Design
available through cblstudio


  1. Love the entry! The planters are so cool and sleek

  2. Very cool entry Christian, I had no idea such innovative and unique planters were even available, I guess the possibilities are endless!

  3. Had no idea about szolyd. I will be contacting them, thanks Christian.

  4. Lovely post.
    I love the Missed tree planters

  5. great to see that szolyd made the list. You have to see the new line being introduced at the 2009 Design Northwest Show.

    christopher shannon

  6. Great to see that szolyd made the list. You'll love the new design being introduced at the 2009 Design Northwest Show this spring.

  7. At first I don't have any idea how to begin a landscape design but now.

    Marc jansen,
    Sydney landscape design