DESIGN: 3 x Herbal Remedies
Words Micha van Dinther and Magnus Wittbjer
Now that spring has sprung, our homes are also budding with new ideas, designs and projects – so why not also bring carefully chosen components of the outdoors inside?
At the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish kitchen manufacturer Marbodal presented *Örteriet*, an inspiring space that merges the kitchen with a greenhouse – sort of like a conservatory built for the Nordic latitudes. Teaming up with chef Karin Fransson, Örteriet*(which is loosely translated as ‘herbery’) was an orgy in greens, airiness and smart, functional kitchen solutions. And to top it all off, the event saw the launch of a new colour option for the cabinets – a light sage that currently is very on-trend.
Even those who don’t have a backyard or plot of land, deserve a garden. That is the motto of Finnish brand Plantui, who offer urbanites the option of growing their own crops anywhere in the home. The invention consists of a soil-free gardening device that operates by using an intelligent light system and an automatic watering pump to grow greens all year round. The growing process – from the planting of so-called plant capsules to the harvesting of the herbs, salads and edible flowers – takes no more than six weeks. It sure beats those harshly-bred, plastic-wrapped potted herbs available in your local supermarket.
Are you craving those close-to-nature moments, but not quite ready to get you hands dirty in the soil? Prepare mentally by leafing through Grönsakslexikon, a new book by authors Pelle Bosta, Isabella Vikberg, Nina Westerlind and Gunnar Netz. The quartet, who have gained extensive hands-on experience in the growing of greens working at Grönsakshallen Sorunda, one of Sweden’s leading wholesalers of fruit and veggies, list over 400 greens in this bible for those in possession of green fingers. Mark our words – once you go green, it is very, very hard to go back. Grönsakslexikon is published by Natur och Kultur.