Gallery: “Domestic Ponds” are Tabletop Ecosystems for Your Home


Duende Studio has unveiled a series of “Domestic Ponds” that explore the potential for incorporating living ecosystems within our homes. The limited-edition ponds re-envision everyday aquariums as delicately-balanced eco systems that have been adapted to our contemporary interiors.

For the Domestic Ponds exhibit, Duende Studio worked with Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan to present three different takes on the aquarium while ending the designers’ research on domestic water features initiated in 2008 with ”Local River”. Each design features an array of fish and plants living in harmony – the plants are nourished by the fish, and in turn they act as a natural filter and balance the water.

Mathieu Lehanneur’s “Fontaine” pond presents a visually pedagogic version in three parts: the aquarium, the sand filter and the plant pot. He has chosen materials that succinctly represent their purposes in the process — glass, terra-cotta and ceramic. The water is rendered free of neophytes as it travels from the aquarium, is filtered by the sand, and is introduced to the plant for purification.

“Liquid Garden” is the name of Benjamin Graindorge’s pond, which combines a vase and aquarium with elements of blown glass. By using glass containers of different shapes Graindorge creates a translucent vertical garden, reminiscent of a landscape or natural habitat.

Eric Jourdan’s version called “Castle” is perhaps the most literal one, with an open water feature intended to be viewed as a lake. “Castle” is made from ceramic and has a moat with a tower of integrated plants and sand.

The “Domestic Ponds” exhibition is currently taking place at Galerie BSL, Paris, France, and will be open until November 27th, 2010. Each domestic pond is made in a limited edition of 10 units.

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  1. Alessio January 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Fish are not objects of design. Please respect animals and leave them living in their natural surroundings.

  2. Garuf November 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I think they Diana Walstead’s ecology of the planted aquarium to truely understand the ecosystem they desire, What they have here will never be in balance.

    Much better examples of this concept are ADA’s Wabi kusa plant bowls, Tropica’s water tubs or any “low tech el natural” system(searching google will provide the mentioned examples). Much better for the fish too who will slowly die in these environs, especially the fish chosen which are wholly unsuitable for the sizes of aquarium provided, design shouldn’t excuse ill-treatment of animals.

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