Terrariums, with their Victorian roots, tend to have an old-fashioned sort of appeal. But recently we've been seeing more modern terrariums, in sleek vessels with highly stylized sculptural plantings. These gorgeous James Terrariums, spotted on Better Living Through Design, are the creation of Jeffrey James (frequent Apartment Therapy commenter jeffnyc!). Check them out after the jump.
Jeffrey uses Taoist principles of proportion and scale to create his miniature landscapes, which are representative of particular gardens and natural habitats. A little stone mound replicates a Japanese Zen garden. A glass cube contains a meticulously detailed replica of the forest floor. The vessels he chooses are very simple, with clean lines and modern shapes.
You can also design your own terrarium on Jeffrey's site, choosing everything yourself, from the vessel to the decorative soil layers to the plants; he will create the terrarium for you and ship it off. Even his diagrams of the various terrarium options are beautifully drawn.