Now in its fifth year, the ON+OFF the Ground competition, held at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York, allows designers of all stripes to craft garden containers while indulging their creative fancies. Author Ina Garten, painter April Gornik, and architect Frederick Stelle judged this year's creations, which ranged in tenor from classic to whimsical. Craig James Socia’s 1967 Yen featured Scaevola, passionflower, and climbing morning glory spilling out of the remains of a yew tree. Garten gave it first prize; Gornik gave it an honorable mention.
Another robotic gardening tool, Ellsworth Kelly, an iPhone docking station planter, and more in today’ Links We Love!
-Tired of the same old ceramic pots and planters? Try these 100% recycled felt plant pods. They are meant for plants that fit into 2-inch pods and come with their own dropper for watering. [LA Times]
New from Cumulus Studios this season, Ugo Rondinone’s sculptural take on the birdbath.
“To what extent … is it possible for design to reproduce nature?” Anniina Koivu poses this intriguing question in her newly published book, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Works (Phaidon). The furniture and industrial design work of the French brothers Bouroullec certainly reveals an interest in the organic, but it’s an aesthetic that incorporates modern concepts, materials, and construction methods.
-Even the blackest of thumbs can keep a plant alive with this ingenious design: a terracotta planter that self-waters! [Gardenista]
That hint of lilac in the air is the signal to revisit your patio decor and make ready for nights warm enough to move soirees outdoors. The emphasis on color in recent seasons prompted an abundance of stylish furniture to hit the market, along with planters and tabletop accessories in hues from soft, springtime blues to neon yellow.
Frances Palmer has long been celebrated for her handmade earthenware and porcelain tableware and vases. In gardening circles, the Connecticut artist is equally praised for her green thumb. Now Palmer is expanding her pottery line to encompass both endeavors. Her new vessels are inspired by ancient Greek and Roman models and by one of Palmer’s heroes, early 20th-century American ceramicist George Ohr, known for his abstract figures and organic lines.
On the Ball A planter made from 80 percent recycled cast-iron allows vines to drape gesturally over its edges. ($155; Urban Nature)
A night garden doesn’t need much in the way of light—just enough to set off silver-leafed plants or to let you see the person you’re chatting with. The beauty of Souluxe, a new line of stands and planters from Rotoluxe, is that the cubes, cylinders, and containers in the collection offer the perfect amount of illumination.