This little jewel is already creating buzz, but, in case you haven’t seen the Plantini yet, be prepared to be charmed.
Okay, so I’m a sucker for the Victorianesque. But isn’t it exquisite? Thanks to the collaboration of Glasgow architectural model makers Finch & Fouracre and the folks at Another Studio for Design in London, U.K., one needn’t have a grand estate in order to own a beautiful Victorian hothouse… in miniature, that is.
As it was designed to emulate the ornate steelwork of 19th-century greenhouses the Plantini is a lovely accent piece in its own right, but there’s a practical reason to like it. It’s environmentally friendly.
The kit comes in a box of 100% recycled paperboard, and the biodegradable planting pot is composed of bamboo and rice hulls. The greenhouse frame itself is made of stainless steel. Its avowed purpose is that of planter – to shelter one’s seedlings or nurture flowers – which means it can also help improve the indoor air quality of one’s home or office.
A removable canopy and etched glass panes brings light to the plants inside.
Also in the flat-packed DIY kit are viola seeds, the compressed compost in which to plant them, and instructions. Once assembled, the model greenhouse is 9.5 cm (3.75″) tall, and would make a lovely conversation piece atop a desk, tucked on a windowsill, or on an entranceway table.
The Plantini is available here at the Postgarden website.