So maybe you thought terrariums were your grandmother’s art, and maybe they are. But now you too can have an awesome self-sustaining green scene mantlepiece of your very own; one which reflects your love of nature and fecundity while also satisfying your 21st-century need for cynicism and cultural awareness. Something beautiful and marvelous, but also radical and hilarious. Brooklyn’s botanically hip Twig Terrariums has you covered.
Italian designer Fiore Arcangelo’s ECCO chair does double duty as a terrarium pregnant with plants. There’s something very cool about having vegetation grow as you sit and being slightly panicky that it will all uproot you eventually. If you ever get one of these, resist the urge to grow a rainforest in there.
Steampunk design house Industrial Radical is showcasing an awesome prototype steampunk terrarium. It features an illuminated glass lid, lots of copper and brass, and a rotating magnifying glass for a closer look at the ecosystem inside. Also in the jar is a steampunk flower made from old clock parts. Puts the ‘culture’ in ‘horticulture’!