Project Epiphytes is a collection of suspended ceramic vases that don't just contain plants, but allow the plants to grow as they would in nature. Each vase functions as support that allows both the plants' aerial parts and their roots to be exposed. The vases, designed by Italian industrial design studio Dossofiorito, lets the plants grow freely in all directions, creating beautiful organic sculptures that change over time. Dossofiorito presented Epiphytes at this year's Salone Satellite 2015.
The project rethinks our relationship with indoor nature by putting the needs of the plants – rather than our aesthetic desires – first. Despite being domesticated, plants are able to behave and grow just like they would in their natural habitat. Epiphytes is named after a plant species which, instead of rooting in the soil, leach themselves to branches and leaves of other planes and grow freely. These are not parasite plants, since they only use other plants as support, without taking their nourishment.
The vases feature porous and glazed areas to allow plants to develop in a more natural way. They have to be watered regularly in order to provide optimal levels of humidity. Thanks to the innovative design, the project envisions each vase giving life to a small ecosystem.