The Glowpear™ Urban Garden

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  • 2015

  • Product
    Housewares and Objects

Designed By:

  • Katapult Design Pty Ltd
  • Froth Design Pty Ltd

Commissioned By:

Glowpear Pty Ltd

Designed In:

Australia

The Glowpear™ Urban Garden is a modular, self-watering planter specifically designed for growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in urban environments.
By utilising an internal water reservoir and an ingenious wicking system, plants can survive for several weeks without watering, reducing garden maintenance for people who enjoy growing plants, but don’t have time to pamper them.
It’s contemporary styling, robust construction & clever design ensures the product sits well in any architectural environment, indoors or out. Perfect for a range of spaces including gardens, balconies, courtyards, decks & patios, it can either stand alone or be interconnected with other planters to suit your needs and budget.


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  • Our modern, fast paced population is becoming increasingly urbanised, living more densely than ever before in history. The Glowpear™ Urban Garden is an easy way for people to stay in touch with core values by growing their own food and decorative plants with little effort or previous experience. Our planter has been specifically developed to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers in urban environments and small spaces, indoors and out. It's growing chamber is carefully sized to optimise growing conditions within a tight format. It is suited equally to residential or commercial applications, allowing people to grow plants in environments previously deemed too difficult or awkward for the amateur gardener.

  • The Urban Garden aims to provide people with the benefits of gardening at home without the hassle. It's super simple to use. The self-watering wicking system feeds water from the in-built reservoir to your plants on-demand. That is, they naturally draw the water up from below as they need it. Users simply fill the reservoir periodically (every 1-4 weeks depending on the environment) and leave the plants to grow. It's that easy. The planter is raised to allow easy tending and has a simple water level indicator to prompt the user when refilling is needed. It even has overflow drip trays to catch any excess water should you overwater your planter, particularly when used indoors.

  • We've been determined to design and build a quality product. The key body components are fully recyclable HDPE, a robust, inert material ideal for long term outdoor use. It's UV stable, food safe, chemical resistant and tough. We've used a glass filled blend of HDPE for the legs to ensure that they are strong enough to carry the weight of a fully planted unit without distortion or failure. Our fasteners are corrosion resistant stainless steel. In order to create a product that provides years of service without any deterioration in performance we've been tireless in our testing with prototypes and early samples. A process of continuous refinement has lead to a well resolved, premium solution.

  • To target the modern urban consumer, Glowpear needed to create an iconic brand image. It was extremely important that the product not only out-performed rivals with great functionality, but it had to look beautiful. We deliberately created an aesthetic that was both simple and instantly recognisable. It's sharp edges and carefully considered details present a contemporary image, yet it's classic colour scheme and refined shape mean that it can sit equally well in many architectural settings. This focus on design means that the Urban Garden looks great on an apartment balcony, on the deck beside the outdoor kitchen of a suburban home, in a modern office fit-out or on the footpath outside the local coffee shop.

    For a planter of this size, appearance & functionality, the Urban Garden compares very favourably with other products on the market, representing great value money as a stand alone planter. However our team has been careful to create a product that is expandable to give customers greater flexibility. It's modular design means you can interconnect multiple units via the reservoir, simplifying watering and allowing users to expand their garden to suit individual needs and budget. This is particularly advantageous for large commercial fit-outs. Importantly, we've taken a long term view. The Urban Garden is the first product in a range that will soon include a wall unit, individual pots and gardening accessories.

    As designers it is important to us that the entire Urban Garden user experience is intuitive and rewarding. From the time the buyer unpacks the packaging, their product journey is planned to make it simple. The body comes in a single pre-assembled piece, the 2 legs slide into position and can be screwed in place with the integrated assembly tool in seconds. Snap in the drip trays, then drop in the root barrier and you're ready to add soil and plant out your Urban Garden. To encourage new gardeners and generate a community around our product we've also developed a strong online presence, offering growing tips, planting advice and detailed product support on our website and social media channels.