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Drippy design: The Cavity Flowerpot
Tired of furiously shaking your umbrella dry before stepping indoors? Just place it in the Cavity Flowerpot and let it drip away, watering your houseplants in the process.
Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Yesterday, I blogged about a beautiful multifamily development in Seattle dubbed Footprint at the Bridge
that takes the recycling/reuse of a locally abundant natural resource, rainwater, very seriously.
Enter the Cavity Flowerpot
, a lovely 2-in-1 flowerpot/umbrella stand concept from Merve Sarışın. The pot has receptacles built into the corners for storing soggy umbrellas. Place a a wet ‘brella into a receptacle and watch excess rainwater drain from it and into a dish below. The plant absorbs the water collected in the dish into its root system so no real need to water it during the rainy months (about eight months out of the year in Seattle).
How clever would it be if each of the Rhianna-loving residents living at Footprint at the Bridge had a Cavity Flowerpot in each of their homes to stay true to the building’s rainwater recycling roots? It would be a fine idea to place a couple of these bumbershoot-holding bad boys in common areas as well.
While I absolutely adore the concept behind Cavity Flowerpot, I do wonder if the rainwater clinging to a single umbrella would actually be enough to keep a plant alive without supplementary watering. However, I’m guessing that four unshaken, totally drenched umbrellas may do the trick.
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