Inspiration: Hang Air Plants in Glass Bubbles

Inspiration: Hang Air Plants in Glass Bubbles

Lauren Zerbey
Jun 14, 2011

We've written about air plants here before, but their sculptural qualities, easy maintenance and clever display options appeal to the modern green home and are worth mentioning again. Usually a part of the Bromeliad family, they thrive independent of soil or standing water and are a good way to add a little greenery to a room, especially in small spaces.

A few months ago, I reviewed the Boskke hanging planter – a great solution for small spaces where floor area is limited. I still love it (we even purchased a larger one for our living room that now houses a delicate orchid), but lately I've also been intrigued by air plants and have been especially smitten with these hanging glass bubble planters from West Elm ($9-$24 each depending on size).

Designed by Shane Powers for West Elm, the idea is simple – a sculptural piece of glass hung by a length of twine. The shapes and sizes vary to accommodate different types of plants.

Similar to the Boskke, these planters do double-duty by helping to purify indoor air and serving as an interesting sculptural piece. With such simple materials, I'd also love to see a DIY version created from found objects.

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(Image: West Elm)

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