The futuristic-looking Sky Planter, created by Patrick Morris of London-based design company Boskke, is essentially an upside-down pot plant that can either be hung from the ceiling or mounted on a wall.

Winner of a red dot award for product design, Sky Planter allows homes and workplaces to maximise precious floor-level real estate by growing greenery in one of the least-utilised urban spaces – the one above our heads.

Boskke’s name is derived from the old English word ‘bosky’, which means ‘small forest’. As self-described “evolved garden designers”, the company aims to bring a greater vitality to the built environment by encouraging urban dwellers to live with plants, which increase oxygen and filter the air in much the same way that green walls and roofs do, albeit on a smaller scale.

While the first model of the Sky Planter was ceramic, last year the company also released their Sky Planter Recycled range, which is made from 100 per cent recycled polypropylene plastic, and packaged in recycled cardboard.

The planters are constructed simply but effectively (watch the video). The soil and plant are held in place with a locking disc and mesh. Once hung, the soil compacts above the mesh, so it doesn’t fall out. A porous ceramic reservoir sits at the top of the planter, through which water is added via a small hole and gradually diffuses into the soil, reaching the plants roots directly and limiting the amount of dripping and evaporation that would occur in a standard planter. (It also means plants need less watering, depending on the climate.) A float stick indicates water level and reminds you when to water.

The company’s website has a range of recommended plants, including the areca or golden cane palm and peace lilies (both recommended by NASA for promoting air purification), flamingo plants, and other houseplants and edibles such as strawberries, mint and fennel.

One of the most interesting features of the planter is that even when upside-down, plants will continue to grow towards the light as if unaffected by gravity, creating a visually arresting display – so unusual, in fact, they even had a cameo role in several scenes aboard a spaceship in Ridley Scott’s recent sci-fi epic, Prometheus.

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