green designs from future soon

These designs are straight out of students’ project books!

Want to plant a love seed


Gro, this miniature greenhouse is the simplest and cutest I have ever seen. It reminds me of my 5th grade life-science book from school days.

Sweden’s Beckmans college of design student Caroline Wetterling has developed this amazing green beauty.  In Caroline’s words  Gro’s pod-like container recreates the protective and nurturing atmosphere of a greenhouse. The shape is derived from the cocoon – the organic container reminiscent of a seed. The greenhouse can host the three initial stages of a seed’s development, from seed to shoot to the development of true leaves. Plants like Forgetmenot, four-leaved clover and wild strawberries have enough space to flourish inside the capsule.
In the bottom of the capsule, a set of bars is placed to keep the right level of moisture in the soil. The spout acts as a ventilation hole – it allows for oxygen to come in, condensation to come out, and keeps the proper temperature inside the capsule.


The top part can be removed and used to water the seed.
That is indeed clever!

Track me right


Another student from Beckmans, Fredrik Paulson has this light fixture to offer. It is programmed to follow the  sun during the day to gather energy.

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Visit his own workshop site here for more intelligent designs.

fresh air


I am obsessed with nanotechnology. I dream of a home where I would be running everything with the help of this technology. I would let you in for a secret dream, I infact marry nanotech to quantum physics and believe me! their are magical instruments which when and as needed change shapes and functions. But these are too distant dreams. As nanotech machines are steadily becoming a reality can I have this air purifier as my first nano machine? The germ guardian has developed this personal air purifier. It is like a necklace .


It uses negative ions to force away various pollutants. It uses rechargeable lithium batteries.


The site says you can” wear it on airplanes, buses, elevators and more. I want to try this in Mumbai’s traffic jams. The price is $39.99. Are there any free trials?

leave me alone


The element of constant fun is necessary for us as we struggle with a difficult boss, traffic or kids’ studies everyday. I wonder why very few people try fun things in there decor. It certainly is no easy thing to achieve a comfy, elegant as well as fun decor style.

If I had  such a hallway I would tempted to put things straight or make a comment every time I walked by.

swing to next dimension


royal swing

I was setting up my new home. In Mumbai space is at premium. Still I wanted a swing in my living room.



I spent days planning as to which corner to put it  as a swing needs a lot of space. At one time I wanted to give up the idea and exasperatedly asked my husband what to do. Should I adjust anyhow or ?

His reply was an eye opener. He said a swing gives you another dimension of space and time! Don’t you want to experience it.


happy ever after


Swing by Viteo

Yes, Indians , from generations knew  the pleasure of swinging. Specially a Gujarati ( a state of india) home will not be complete without  a jhulo or hinchako( swing).


double swing

Certain parts of India even celebrate onset of rainy season with “swing day ” ceremony.


silver foil covered jhoola

These are traditional and new age swings. It sure is a seat which puts you at another level.  Go swing away!

lift my thirst


When I saw this photo I immediately fell in love with this hippo roller drum. It is such a simple design and most probably I will never use it. But for the poor millions of this world and my country this is a design which lifts the load out of thier lives.



This step towards a more sustainable lifestyle is created by an architect and artist from Slovenia , Marjetica portc.

Few other people are also  involved in thinking about “the other 90% of the world (Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NY ) ” and are making  similar efforts. Designers P J and J P S Hendrikse have designed this Q drum.