by , 06/22/06

Herbi, Hydrophonic, Indoor Gardening, LEDs, Green Design, Botanical Design, Indoor Herb Growing

Thanks to the 1960s Love Bug movies, the name Herbie will forever be associated with anthropomorphic-machine cuteness — and Michael Kritzer‘s Herbi is no exception. The hydroponic countertop herb pot is sleek, modern and elegant. But don’t be fooled — Herbi’s not just all good looks and no brain; this little gadget is smart. Even if you are one of those people who can’t keep a stick of bamboo alive, Herbi will grow vibrant herbs for you year-round by telling you exactly what it needs and when.

When Herbi needs PH adjustments, nutrients or water, it communicates directly by illuminating a blue LED behind one of four corresponding icons, meaning you don’t have to be a plant-whisperer to have a healthy garden. You can connect up to six little mod units (called “plant silos”) for an herbal medley in your kitchen.

Herbi, Hydrophonic, Indoor Gardening, LEDs, Green Design, Botanical Design, Indoor Herb Growing

Last fall, readers went nuts over Green Fortune’s Streamgarden, a sexier-than-usual hydroponic pot system for growing plants indoors. Philips made a similar splash with their Herbarium design, but readers became frustrated to find that this design wasn’t available for sale anywhere. Herbi raises the bar for smarts and sex-appeal, and while its not in stores yet – it looks like its on its way in the near future.

According to the designer, Herbi was styled after Plusminuszero, the Japanese company whose pared-down product line perfects minimalist houseware design. “Herbi also draws heavy inspiration from the old wheat and grain silos that were and still are spread throughout the rural plains of America, [and] the elegantly simple and dynamic movements of Japanese Architect Tado Ando.”

There are step-by-step instructions for setting up your Herbi home garden on the designer’s website, where you can also view the rest of his flawless collection.

Via Core77

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  1. FELICITAS August 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm


  2. tuppence December 9, 2008 at 4:37 am

    This looks like great design,I am interested in info on Herbi, can it be purchased in Australia?

  3. loren February 9, 2008 at 1:01 am

    i like this product , it would be great for the kithen. my wife would like it for basil. how can i get it

  4. Patrick September 10, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Could i get some information on prices and a contact to buy the herbie product, thanks

  5. leo Bezemer September 5, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Could you give me some information about a contact adress in de netherlands.

  6. pearljam August 26, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    nice herb garden a a few basil plants and voila. be sure to see how you can save hundreds each year in utility bills by getting these led grow lights http://www.fuzzlight.com

  7. Spanishearl December 18, 2006 at 1:01 am

    I like the look of this, but I live in a highrise with little natural light, does this come with some sort of lamp that will compliment the piece? Such as the one found here: http://www.howardresh.com/Hydroponic-Kitchen-Garden.html

  8. Scott October 23, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    I would be interested in your design. Anyway you could let me know?

  9. Rebecca July 19, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    As a horticulture student I am definately interested in the product to see if it works like it says, but the big question is where do I get one? Love the sleek look. Can you grow veggies in it? Need more info.

  10. Lars June 29, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    This thing look awesome, but really the big question is: WHERE CAN I BUY ONE?

  11. Jangels June 26, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    awesome dude now i can let this thing take care of my pot plants while i’m out. sign me up for 10

  12. Anal Avenger June 23, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    Hah! I can’t wait to see how well this grows some cannabis. It looks oooo so perfect for it.

  13. Ron June 23, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    My nephew told me about this product. interesting. I am working on something similar. My product uses a wireless sensor network to measure the significant environmental parameters in ‘zones’. The appropriate watering can then be done on a per zone basis per those particular plant requirements. Calibration of the sensor arrays is being done in an environmental chamber (a smart mini-greenhouse) also of my design. if any professional gardener is interested in prototype evaluation, please let me know.

    have a good day.

  14. peter June 23, 2006 at 2:10 am

    fantastic and beautiful where can i get one ……….

  15. Tom June 22, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    Will it dock my ipod so my plants can have music while they’re trying to grow?

  16. andrew June 22, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    Inspired by Tadao Ando???
    I think they should get Ando to design a device like this. I can see the “inspiration,” but I would like to see how Ando would treat this subject…

  17. Yan Shmatnik June 22, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Where can you buy one? I don’t see any buying information listed on his site. I want one!

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