There are only so many ways to make a plant look right at home indoors. You can buy the biggest, most functional planter and they're still going to look a little out of place—not to mention your vegetation will eventually run out of room. Without the freedom of the great outdoors, plants just don't look right indoors. Italian designer Andrea Rekalidis is looking to switch that mentality up with a design that helps plants let it all hang out (literally) indoors and out.
Piantala is a metal rod partition that gives off the form of a traditional white picket fence. The design acts as a support system for vine-growing plants indoors and outdoors—the circular "feet" can be planted directly into the ground outside or into a planter or pot inside.
It's not only a great way to enjoy plants indoors that won't distract any growth, but the partition also works as a flora fence that'll keep your private life a little more, well, private in a small space. In fact, all of Rekalidis' work tends to border on the issue of public versus private space and interaction. Somewhat recently, her "Twin Bench"—seating for two that balances both weights of the seated—garnered some interest among the blogosphere. Piantala is more product-focused than Rekalidis' other projects, but we're not complaining. And if planting isn't your thing, just see it as a glorified coatrack.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.