EPIPHYTE Vase

Designed in steel, a geometric structure influenced by epiphytic plants and fractal growth patterns found in nature.

An epiphyte is a plant that grows non-parasitically upon another plant. It uses the host only for mechanical support and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain (for example mosses and ferns).

In the same way, the vase ‘Epiphyte’ provides mechanical support to plants in a domestic environment. Inspired by the fractal theory (according to which everything in nature grows in self-repeated increments), each branch – hosting its own individual plant – is a replica of the one underneath.

The form recalls that of a tree, yet creates a contrast with the natural theme by means of a hard, geometric structure. Designed specifically for balconies and inner-city gardens, where space is tight and the upward spiral of the urban jungle dominates.

Client: DeCastelli Srl.
Date: 2010
Role: Concept, Design, Materials selection, 2D Orthographic drawing, 3D visualisation