Planter Wall Tiles Breathe Life into a Room—Literally

by , 04/29/09

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Made from recycled materials, Maruja Fuentes’ green pockets give new meaning to the term “houseplant.” Spotted at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair, the super-cool ceramic tiles attach to any wall to create the illusion that whatever’s inside—herbs, plants, a flower or two—is growing directly out of a room’s surface. It’s the ultimate marriage of form and function: The pockets bring a soul-soothing dose of greenery and nature to an interior space, improving a room’s aesthetic and air quality.

maruja fuentes, green design, living wall, indoor greenery, sustainable wall tiles, green pockets

Because of their unique fish-scale shape, the planters interlock, allowing users to create different patterns depending on the type of vegetation. Think of green pockets as an at-home, DIY living wall kit. In addition to pockets, there are also flat tiles, which further increases the design possibilities. The only rule of (green) thumb to note is that the impact of the arrangement is directly proportionate to its size—the bigger, the better in both cases.

Though the bowl of the pocket is a little small (which might restrict floral options), the brilliance of this idea alone is worth praising. But that should come as no surprise considering the source. Fuentes began her career studying environmental design in her native Puerto Rico before transferring to Catholic University in DC to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in architecture. After finishing a Master’s on top of that, she studied furniture and textile design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, she is working on developing and exploring new ways to bring her designs to life—which, if green pockets are any indication, means this won’t be the last time we cover her work.

Be sure to check out the rest of our 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Coverage and Photo Galleries!

+ Maruja Fuentes

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Coverage

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Photo Gallery

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  1. naniwriter October 12, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Where can the planter wall tiles be purchased?

  2. mallm July 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I did some research on the designer, since I, too, wanted the tiles. Unfortunately, Maruja Fuentes passed away. I am unsure if the tiles are still in production…

  3. Cecilia Orozco April 24, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Can you pls advise where can this be purchased At?
    Thanks so much!

  4. KMSE November 5, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Has anyone learned where the planter wall tiles can be purchased? I am also looking for them!


  5. nikou9 August 28, 2011 at 7:29 am

    i would like to have it how can i purchase it? let me know please..

  6. a096716 June 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Hello, can you tell me were I can by these tiles. YThank you very much.
    Planter Wall Tiles Breathe Life into a Room

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  7. Cringer May 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I am Based in Sydney and would love these planter tiles for my kitchen, can you please tell me where they can be purchased? Thanks :)

  8. Gianna April 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I am a plant lover, what a great way to mix art and plants !
    can you please let me know where to purchase these in Canada. thank-you

  9. Ei March 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Love the planter wall tiles, where can I purchase them?

  10. capfree February 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Could you please let me know where I can purchase these garden tiles in the UK. Just in time for our bathroom renovation. Thank you.

  11. Selenabean July 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Hi There I am curious where these can be purchased cause I LOVE THEM. I really want them too!!!

  12. Waller June 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Are these tiles for sale ? if so please send instructions/information.

  13. spatriarca May 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Please, let me know where can I buy the wall tiles garden.

  14. cheryl555 May 11, 2009 at 10:28 am

    PLEASE lt me know if these are available for sale. They would look great on my living room wall!!

  15. davidwayneosedach May 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I just love the Planter wall tiles. This brings in a whole new dimension to houseplants, Imagine the variety of different colors!

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