We are firm believers in the positive power of plants – plants help us relax, but they also help us to focus, get more creative, and find inspiration. In our book PLANT TRIBE we have delved into the strong power of plants when it comes to being creative. We pledge that you surround yourself with nature in order to trigger your creativity and boost inspiration. Hence, plants in (home) offices are the way to go! And thanks to the new plant modules from Swiss design brand USM Haller you can now combine a piece of design furniture with your love for plants.
To celebrate the launch of the new USM Haller plant modules and their campaign ‘A World of Plants for USM Haller’ we have teamed up with USM to show you four home stories where plant enthusiasts live, create, work, meet and celebrate life surrounded by nature. These features will come over the course of this year to bring you more ideas on how to live happily ever after with plants.
The first home story takes us to the new Berlin home of our co-founder Igor Josifovic-Kemper. Igor is the co-author of both our books, Urban Jungle and Plant Tribe, and founded the Urban Jungle Bloggers community together with Judith de Graaff in 2013. In Igor’s new apartment one room has to fulfill two roles – the role of a home office as well as a guest room. Thus, a full shelving unit from USM Haller was the best option to combine design, space for storage as well as display, and a stylish solution for Igor’s houseplants.
The USM Haller shelving unit includes three new plant modules. Each plant module features three integrated plant pots with a watering set, consisting of a pot insert and water level indicator. There is no need for worries about dripping water or soggy plant roots – the simple yet smart watering insert and the indicators help you water your plants when needed without overwatering and without any spilling. Additionally, the plant pots come in two varieties: Terracotta or Basalt, as Igor has chosen for his beige USM Haller shelving unit.
The home office/guest room in Igor’s Berlin apartment has an earthy and natural vibe. The abundance of beige and the metal grid of the USM Haller shelves are contrasted by the organic shapes and colors of the plants. The USM Haller E adds another highlight: the integrated light panels highlight styling arrangements and by dimming the light create a zen-like atmosphere to unwind and make the guests feel more than comfortable in this green guest room. Moreover, the shelving unit hides a sliding working desk and an additional, second desk by opening one of the storage modules.
When it comes to plants, Igor’s tips for the USM Haller plant modules is simple yet practical: select your plants according to the light situation of the plant modules. Two of Igor’s plant modules are placed on the right side of the shelving unit. This side is closer to the window with bright indirect light, while a third plant module is placed on the left end where there is only semi-shade. For the semi-shade corner Igor opted for a Snake plant, a ZZ plant and a variegated Monstera. The plant modules on the right feature a Calathea Burle Marxii, a Calathea ornata and a Heliconia, and the module closest to the window hosts a Begonia maculata, a Philodendron Tortum, and a Philodendron Billietiae.
Check out the World of Plants for USM Haller here for further information, ideas, products and shopping opportunities.
Photography by Jules Villbrandt