I’ve mentioned before that I’m a devotee of indoor planters (I’m currently lusting after the Truss Planter) that double as both functional plant vessels and as unique interior design pieces. Sure, a simple clay pot often does the trick but I’m all for giving houseplants a good-looking place to reside. Bonus points if the planter is made from eco-friendly materials or, um, has a built-in air purifier or lamp.
Anyways, here’s a line of brilliant eco-planters spotted over at Inhabitat: recycled book pots from Italy’s Gartenkultur. The concept — old books with holes carved into the middle to accommodate soil and a small houseplant — is simple enough (perhaps even enough for a DIY job) and quite beautiful although I do worry about potential spillage via clumsy watering. However, the damp soil within the book won’t do any damage since the “pot” is treated with an insulating material.
It’s unclear if Gartenkultur takes on custom jobs (or if the pots will ever be available outside of Italy) but if they did, this would be an opportunity to have some real repurposing fun. Have a dusty copy of War and Peace that you’ll never read that’s taking up valuable real estate on a shelf? Are your outdated law school textbooks not selling that well on eBay? Perhaps it’s high time you resurrect those well-loved childhood copies of Where the Red Fern Grows and The Secret Garden from storage. Or better yet, unearth the entire Dollanganger series from V.C. Andrews that you've been hiding under your bed but won't part with for sentimental reasons. I can't imagine a better way to confront literary shame than to turn the offending books into planters. 
Head on over to the Gartenkultur website where there’s a photo gallery with plenty of fetching recycled book-pots on display. The website appears to be filled with all sorts of deep, metaphorical plant/book/rebirth talk which is just fine but when all is said and done, Gartenkultur planters are just straight-out cool looking.  
Via [Designerblog] via [Inhabitat]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

An indoor planter that's a real page-turner
Italy's Gartenkultur gives old, landfill-bound books a most unlikely new purpose: Houseplant pots.