MoMA Exclusive: Channel your inner green thumb with these ingenious Swedish pots that won’t let you over- or under-water. Each set consists of a terracotta planter inside a reservoir of hand-blown glass. Just fill the reservoir with water to ensure plants will absorb only what they need through the terracotta pot walls. The upper section of the pot is glazed to make handling easier. Safe for indoor and outdoor use while the temperature stays above frost point, these self-watering pots are attractive additions to your patio, windowsill or table. The extra small size fits one or two mini cactuses; the medium is large enough to fit a potted azalea or fern. Dishwasher-safe.
Why We Chose This
The idea for these Swedish problem-solving pots began 15 years ago when Lasse Svedenstedt met Nils Plöjel, who had worked most of his life with ceramics. In Plöjel's garage full of prototypes, the pair developed the innovative function for the Self-Watering Pots. This smart solution allows the plants themselves to regulate how much water they intake.
Function plays a large role in defining good design. When designers look at an object, they don't just consider its aesthetic appearance—they should also challenge it to be more versatile, to respond to the user's need, or to achieve its purpose more elegantly. Good design has the capacity to solve problems that sometimes we didn't even know we had. This is one of the ways design touches and enriches our everyday life.