Inspired by urban greening, INDIGENUS collaborates with top South African designers and architects to reimagine an essential element, the planter.
Presenting planters as covetable design pieces in their own right, INDIGENUS is the brainchild of design entrepreneur Peter van der Post, who is committed to collaborating with the cream of South African design to create an international premium brand with distinctively South African roots.
INDIGENUS launched in 2014 with an edited range of distinctive contemporary planters by award-winning designers Haldane Martin, Gregor Jenkin and Laurie Wiid van Heerden of Wiid Design. In 2015 renowned architects Stefan Antoni and Greg Truen of SAOTA added to the carefully curated collection, showcased at 100% Design South Africa and 100% Design in London.
‘It’s becoming more and more important to find ways of bringing nature into our spaces. Yet the planter has long been overlooked as an item that can really elevate the aesthetic of an interior or exterior landscape and create seamless transitions between the two,’ says Peter. ‘I think this is why the architects and designers that have collaborated with us have been genuinely excited by the prospect of re-imagining the planter. My brief to them is simple: create pieces that are extraordinary, intelligent and enduring.’
In many ways, INDIGENUS epitomises slow design. Every piece in the collection is made from high quality materials – such as hard-wearing Iroko wood, steel, glass-reinforced concrete and cork – and handcrafted by master joiners and artisans to create beautiful forms in harmony with nature. With their sculptural lines and sophisticated detailing, INDIGENUS planters are styled to suit indoors yet engineered to weather the harshest of elements outdoors.
From a practical perspective, INDIGENUS planters are convenient and low-maintenance. Encompassing the latest technology, they are all extremely lightweight – even the largest planter can be installed or moved by two people – and the Soma, Tuber and Hancock planters come with ingenious self-watering liners for fuss-free plant care, health and enjoyment.
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