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 that have been adapted to our contemporary interiors.
For the Domestic Ponds exhibit, 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.
’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 ’s pond, which combines a vase and aquarium with elements of blown glass. By using glass containers of different shapes Graindorge creates a translucent , reminiscent of a landscape or natural habitat.
’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 , Paris, France, and will be open until November 27th, 2010. Each domestic pond is made in a limited edition of 10 units.