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Transform Bare Walls to Bright Indoor Gardens with the Versatile Urbio System

Posted By Lea Stewart On May 22, 2012 @ 6:25 pm In carousel showcase,Design,Gardening and Plants,Green Home decor,Green Products,ICFF,Innovation,new york design week | 1 Comment

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Spotted at New York Design Week [1], we are in love with the Urbio [2], a system of mix and match modular planters and organizers that snap into place with high-strength magnets. The series of various sized containers allow for the creation of a personalized wall garden, an elegant centerpiece, or a space-saving solution for organizing your home office.

Urbio came from a collaboration between designers Beau Oyler and Jared Aller, who debuted their idea through Kickstarter [3] and received an overwhelming response to fund their project. The system consists of a standardized wall plate, and a variety of plastic vessels perfect for planting herbs, succulents, or other small indoor plants. The vessels are embedded with rare-earth neodymium [4] magnets, so they can held to any ferrous surface, or can also be joined to each other. What is nice about the system’s modularity is that you can start small with a few plates and vessels, and add on to the system later.

It can’t help but be noted that the Urbio system pays homage to the Uten.Silo wall organizer from Vitra [5].  First released in 1969, this classic mid-century modern product designed by Dorthee Becker is still in production today. Urbio takes the winning element from this piece and adds a green spin by optimizing the system for modularity, flexibility, and indoor gardening.

Urbio is very easy to install, and even includes a wall template for pre-planning the layout of your plates. There is also a quick instructional youtube video that runs through the mounting process. Take note that if you don’t have a wall available for installing the Urbio plates, you can use the vessels alone on any unused space with a ferrous material – your refrigerator [6] door, bathroom mirror, or even a metal stair railing.

Urbio is available for purchase through the virtual store on their website [7].

+Urbio [8]

+New York Design Week Coverage [1]

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URLs in this post:

[1] New York Design Week: http://inhabitat.com/new-york-design-week/

[2] Urbio: http://www.myurbio.com/pages/get-started

[3] Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1627079510/urbio-vertical-garden

[4] neodymium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neodymium_magnet

[5] Uten.Silo wall organizer from Vitra: http://www.yliving.com/vitra-uten-silo-containers.html?productid=vitra-uten-silo-containers&channelid=FROOG

[6] refrigerator: http://inhabitat.com/solar-fridge-inventor-honored-by-nobel-prize-winners/

[7] virtual store on their website: http://www.myurbio.com/collections/all

[8] Urbio: http://www.myurbio.com

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