A collection of specialized tools, the Indoor Gardening Project is an urban green thumb’s dream. Designed by the Norwegian design studio Anderssen & Voll for the Canadian store Mjölk, which pairs international designers with local artisans to create small homeware lines.
Anderssen & Voll’s Indoor Gardening products were realized with the help of an international team of designers and craftsmen. The glass was made by Gregor Herman; the metal work was done by Danish company Harnisch Lamps; the pots were hand-thrown by Canadian-Portuguese ceramist Filipa Pimentel; and the wood handles of the watering cans were made by Urban Product.
As part of the collection, standard plant pots have been adapted for indoor flora. The Herb Pots, which have a lip-like opening near their base, are designed for the fresh herbs that can be bought pre-potted from a supermarket.
Cacti prefer to be watered directly into well-drained soil and their roots should never be standing in water. Therefore, Anderssen & Voll adapted the design of the New Mexico cactus pots by lifting the container on a short stem above the water-collecting disc.
The shape of the metal Min watering can – with a softly shaped wooden handle and elongated spout – was chosen for its pouring precision. “Indoor gardening is a miniature world,” said Anderssen. “Clean, cultivated and controlled.”
Anderssen & Voll also created a sculptural glass object with two stalks and bulbous ends. The Water Bulb filters liquid through the soil so it seeps slowly into the pot, in a similar way to a makeshift solution created with a plastic bottle turned upside down.