The Plant Collectors put your plant collection on a pedestal. The stackable tubes can either be filled with plant soil or placed upside down to create height for a second flower pot. So a plant stand and flower pot in one!
The Plant Collectors are made of aluminium and coated with a special textured powder coating, which is also suitable for outdoor use. With a specially designed oak disc, two tubes can be attached to each other to create height. This attachment also ensures a watertight pot. For a single flower pot the disc acts as a decorative stand ring. Without the wooden disc, the hole at the bottom of the flower pots remains open so that excess water can flow away, making them suitable for outdoor use.
The Plant Collectors are available in different height sizes so that you can create a personal plant landscape in your home and/or garden. You can start with a few pots and gradually expand your collection. With a special hanging mechanism, the Plant Collectors can also be hung.
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The Plant Collectors are designed by Arjan van Raadshooven & Anieke Branderhorst. In addition to being designers, they are also the founders of Vij5.
The idea for the Plant Collectors arose from a fondness for a systematic approach to Design. Arjan in particular always gets excited about interesting connection systems, stackability, adaptability and interchangeability. In short, creating a certain degree of flexibility in a product. His architectural background is also well reflected in this product.
Anieke looked more at the poetic side. Flower pots are often placed at the edge of an interior (in the windowsill, in a corner of a room, etc). She was therefore looking for a way to make flower pots a more integrated part of an interior. The Plant Collectors are beautiful on their own, but their impact is enhanced when placed in a group. This way, for example, you could also place a plant collection/family in the middle of a room.
In terms of materiality, the Plant Collectors are a nod to an archetypal flower pot:
"We wanted the flower pots to be subordinate to the plant, so we chose a very basic design language and used standard aluminum tubes for this. As a result, the shape of the Plant Collectors is sleek, thin and modern, but the special powder coating gives the pots a certain texture and color nuance that hints at the traditional terracotta flower pot."Arjan & Anieke
The idea for the Plant Collectors had been in our heads for a long time. Implementing it has been done in many small steps. We often get the question: "Do you still have time to design?"
The funny thing, of course, is that we are actually involved in the process of designing every day. Every product in the Vij5 collection contains a 'piece of us'. But because we are so busy with so many different products by different designers, it is indeed more difficult for us to find the time and focus to put our own ideas into practice. We've just accepted that these processes just take a little longer nowadays 😉
We think the Plant Collectors are a great addition to the Vij5 collection because it is a product that everyone can probably find a place for, both indoors and outdoors! We also like that the product supports and stimulates a certain form of collecting, as the pots can really show off a plant collection in a group.Arjan & Anieke
In this step, we made the translation from an idea to a working product. Materialization was an important part of this, but also functionality. In both areas, we had quite a few requirements and wishes that we wanted the Plant Collectors to meet. We therefore avoided making concessions as much as possible.
As a basis we used the biggest aluminum tube that was available at our metal manufacturer. We investigated the best way to weld the bottom into the pots, taking into account the water tightness of the pot, but also the wooden connecting disk that should be able to be attached to the pot.
Then we started looking for a suitable powder coating because we wanted the pots to be distinctive in terms of touch and feel from other flower pots already on the market. We also wanted the coating to be suitable for outdoor use.
The intermediate ring had to be designed in such a way that it became both a beautiful and functional detail for waterproofing and connecting the pots together. We also looked critically at the proportions of the sizes of the pots in relation to the wooden disk. Finally, we sourced together the small parts needed to attach the ring to the flower pots, such as bolts, nuts, rubbers and the suspension system.
The Plant Collectors are made in the Eindhoven region. First, the aluminum tubes are cut to size. Then a bottom plate is welded in by hand. Then the pots are treated several times with a special structure powder coating, making the pots suitable for outdoor use.
The oak disc is milled from solid oak and then treated with OSMO hardwax oil.
In the material passport you can find where and by whom the different parts of this product are made.
Aluminum tube with welded bottom disc and hole in the middle, made in Eersel (NL)
Powder coating in Valkenswaard (NL) with special 'fine-structure' coating with ceramic appearance and suitable for outdoor use.
Solid oak, treated with Osmo hard-wax oil, made at Vij5 in Eindhoven (NL). Only suitable for indoor use.
Made-to-measure brown cardboard packaging made from 80% recycled cardboard, produced in the Netherlands
Diameter tube 16cm
- low 14 cm
- medium 26 cm
- high 40 cm
Wooden disc: about 2 cm thick
In Vij5 collection since 2021
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