It’s a sad fact that many city dwellers do not have a single plant in their homes, and this is more often than not because of a lack of adequate daylight coming into the cramped urban apartments. But the Kiel, Germany-based firm We Love Eames seeks to alleviate this problem with glass planters, which act as both greenhouses and lights at the same time. These planters are not only gorgeous to look at, but they also bring the possibility of growing your own veggies to urbanites living in apartments with small windows and no balconies.
This so called Mygdal collection of lamps is made up of a hand-blown glass container with a dedicated light, inside which a variety of plants can successfully be grown. The container also acts as a lamp. According to the designers, the plants inside the Mygdal containers don’t require any ventilation, irrigation, or other care. This is achieved because the LED inside them closely resembles sunlight and therefore makes photosynthesis possible. In other words, the entire container is a self-sustaining ecosystem where the plants can grow undisturbed for years.
Another very cool thing about these lamps is the fact that the standing model of the lamp does not need wires connected directly to the light source. This is made possible by a new type of electrically conductive glass coating applied to the container that can stream electricity invisibly along the surface.
This is the perfect plant/lamp for someone who would appreciate some greenery inside their home, yet is not the best at remembering to water them. It also looks like something out of a dystopian, futuristic vision of the world, where the only greenery left is that which can be grown in jars. A pretty sobering thought.