Elevate

Austin Fagot

There is just something in outdoor air that transforms one from a slumbering sloth to a lollygagging lemur. We thought plants might have something to do with it so we created an indoor planter to heighten your lollygagging year round. This planter was built to grow with your amusement, four snaps and a slide brings you to the next level. Constructed from recycled milk jugs, they will keep water and your plants in an exclusive relationship for life. Elevate is designed to allow water to cascade and nurture your greenery spirits on every successive row, safely catching the leftovers on the bottom for you to reuse or throw out. Whatever your wall space, Elevate your lollygag.

Inspiration

Towards the end of Vignelli’s Canon he speaks of his experiences. In that section, he describes the benefits that modular and standard dimensions offer. Among them are energy savings, decreased labor costs, and less waste of materials. With Loll’s initiative to be environmentally conscious, it would be imperative for me to create a product that was sustainable and thus modular and standardized.

He also mentioned that economy is at the essence of the design expression. “Economy in design is the most appropriate and lean solution to every problem,” he wrote. To produce the best design possible I envisioned using the least amount of outsourcing or none at all, the least amount of cuts on the CNC, the least amount of wasted material, producing a product that could ship easily and would last the test of time.

Research

Entryway

From my research of entryways, I distilled a few things. The most used entry in the US isn’t necessarily the entryway. With the exception of city living, houses have a connected garage and due to dependence on motor vehicle transportation, they are typically accessed through the garage. In conjunction with this development I also found that digital communication, with its impact on speeding up interpersonal communication, may be effecting the interface (entryway) between the home dweller and the community. What used to be an area to take your “load” off and also as a point of presentation for guests, is either rarely used or completely absent in a traditional sense. In modern life, our time has been sped up without enough time to enjoy transition.

Vertical Garden

Why a vertical garden in the entryway? As a transition point, bringing inside elements through it generates a feeling of openness and provides a point of contrast. Plants literally and figuratively bring life into the home. If there is any hope of slowing down a person in our fast world, nature is the best bet.

Indoor vertical gardens are beginning to “grow” on in urban homes and commercial spaces throughout the world. It’s easy to see why when you consider the air pollution found in these environments. Plants take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen as a byproduct, effectively increasing air quality especially in a closed loop environment like the home. They also affect air quality by consuming carcinogenic VOC’s and foul smelling odors found in shoes and on clothes. If that weren’t enough, some herbs and vegetables can grow indoors without the help of special artificial lighting. With food shortages beginning to increase throughout the world, people will begin to look at vertical gardens as a viable and sustainable food source.

Gardens also have a long and storied reputation for being a sanctuary to immerse oneself in, calming a busy mind. I like to think, after a long work day, the home gains credibility as being one’s sanctuary. What better way to be introduced to your own peaceful refuge than a burst of pure oxygen, olfaction pleasures and delightful visual stimulation?

Process