February 2016 - Current
This project was originally created for my Aesthetics of Design course, Spring 2016. You can see the blog I used to document the project for the course here: Desk Garden Project. For the Aesthetics of Design course, each student chose a specific Aesthetic and created a dynamic project to embody it. I chose the 'Modern' aesthetic for my project, which incorporates geometric and interesting shapes, clean lines, and simple colors.
Minimal Care Desk Garden
I love plants, but haven't had much luck keeping them alive indoors. I wanted to create a solution that kept plants alive with little human intervention. In theory, this planter would be used on a desk in an office with few sources of natural light. To keep the plants alive, the planter would have a lighting system that would provide supplemental lighting if office lights turned off during the day. It would also have a built-in watering system with a water reservoir which would wet the soil when it dried too much.
I created an LED lighting system prototype I call the Halo Light. I am in the process of combining the best aspects of the prototype Desk Planter and the Halo Light. I like the aesthetic of the first prototype, though the planter is too tall and heavy. The Halo Light worked very well, though it's shape is not ideal to evenly light everything beneath it. I plan to add a watering system and timer to the light in my next prototype.