Designers Daniel and Joost started their Pikaplant journey at Hutspot. Four years later, their iconic ‘plants in a jar’ are gracing interiors all over Europe. We visited Pikaplant to talk about the original idea, challenges they faced and what impact it has made.
Hi Daniël and Joost. How did you start Pikaplant?
Pikaplant was founded four years ago from the need to create impactful design. During this time, we learned that people who are hospitalized in intensive care are not allowed to keep plants because of contagion. We saw potential in creating a green solution, since science shows that contact with nature can positively impact medical recovery by 20 to 30 percent.
Both coming from a background in industrial design, we thought of a way to keep a plant healthy inside an airtight planter. The response from both medical and lifestyle sectors was huge! Thus, Pikaplant was born.
Where do you start once you have an idea?
We started having conversations with experts and ended up testing many different plants on their durability. Aiming to create a product that you never need to water, every little change in growth, the leaves or color was documented. This proved to be a crucial part of the process and we learned so much. The amount of water we put in, the soil composition and little damages can all impact durability. Every plant has its own growth cycle and challenges. We still get surprised by some outcomes!