The monsteras inside these two white plant pots seem to have grown minds of their own, fusing with their vessels to produce long root-like appendages that can free them from their usual spots on the windowsill or table. Designer Tim van de Weerd’s ‘Monstera’ series ‘liberates’ plants to give them back a sense of the freedom that they have in nature.
Debuting at Dutch Design Week 2014, the Monstera pots appear to be an extension of the plants rather than just a means of holding soil. The ‘Magnifica’ design stands tall, while the ‘Fugiens’ crouches slightly on hand-bent steel bars molded with industrial epoxy clay to create a single solid object.
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“The Monstera planters are a family of distinctive plant pots. This is not only because of their elegant legs and high gloss finish. The Monstera series is in fact a new “species” of plant pots; one that liberates the plant from the windowsill and in which plants can regain their natural freedom, even within the interior. The Monstera-plant pot – with its ornate roots – is an extension of the plant, rather than a separate object (which is also why the pots bear a botanical name). The design casts a new light on the otherwise rigid and oppressive traditional plant pot.”
“The Monstera Magnifica is the high, exalted version of this elegant design and the Monstera Fugiens shows the plant as fleeing object. This year a new member is added to the Monstera family: The Monstera Crescens. With its height of one meter twenty it stands out above all tables and sofas. The fragile-looking legs of all three plant pots are made of steel bars. These are bent by hand to form the ‘roots’ and moulded with industrial two-component clay. This approach gives the Monstera design its fragile look, yet it is unexpectedly strong and stable because of the chosen elaboration.”