Here’s an idea so brilliantly simple, you’ll wonder why IKEA isn’t already selling it in five different colors. ‘Scolapianta’ by Mathery design studio is a wooden dish rack with just two legs so it can be propped on top of a planter. Then, when you wash your dishes and put them up to dry, the water drains right into the pots.
If you’ve got a sunny kitchen window and you wash your dishes by hand, it almost seems silly not to have a dish rack like this. You could select plants according to the frequency of your dish washing – herbs or succulents that require very little water if you don’t use a rack too often, or swamp-loving plants if you do multiple sink loads per day.
It’s just the smallest tweak from a typical dish rack, yet it has a big impact on functionality. A similar concept in an all-in-one kitchen design hangs the dishes vertically above rectangular planters to achieve a similar effect.
There’s one small thing that makes this design less than ideal. It appears that the lower end of the rack simply rests on top of the two herb planters, making it less than stable. Some feet that maintain the proper angle, along with an edge that funnels the water with two divots, would probably be more durable in the long run.
About the designers:
“Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli comprise Mathery, a one of a kind Italian directing duo bred from a background in design and photography. Currently based in Brooklyn, their work turn simple, everyday life upside down to form tongue and cheek worlds of humor and breathtaking art direction.”
“The pair excels in creating abstract universes and their talents cross different mediums and disciplines from film to photography, as well as space and object design. Mathery’s strong personal and professional relationship since meeting at university has enabled them to bring to life their unique creations as independent artists, working in Australia, Asia and Europe.”