Have More Fun With Plants at Work

The leaves may be turning outside, but these living walls are evergreen.

An office lobby with a bold, leafy touch. Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.
An office lobby with a bold, leafy touch. Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.

Woolly Pocket was recently recognized by the Industrial Designers Society of America for their modular wall planter, which allows to you create plant installations — on a grand or tiny scale — in your office. Ahead of Greenbuild 2015 and as summer turns to fall, we reached out to the creators to find out more about the product that will keep your office green, all year round.

A common space on a balcony featuring the wall planters. Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.
A common space on a balcony featuring the wall planters. Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.

How will the product impact the workplace?

Woolly Pocket products allow for a greener workplace. The modular wall planters help create natural indoor environments and are a great way to add greenery to unexpected places. Vertical gardens are ideal for larger, climate-controlled office campuses and are a smart solution for smaller workplaces where floor space is limited. And for offices that have common outdoor areas, living wall gardens can help create an idyllic setting.

Woolly Pocket can also be part of the larger, biophilic design conversation, which pushes for natural systems (i.e. natural air, natural light, and natural materials) in the built environment, recognizing that nature’s positive impacts are critical to overall health, performance and well-being. There has been some research regarding biophilic design within office spaces that demonstrates improvements to productivity and reported well-being. Human Spaces recently published a paper titled “Global Research into Biophilic Design” which highlights the impact of this design approach in the workspace.

A Woolly Pocket installation at Snog Productions in downtown LA. Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.
A Woolly Pocket installation at Snog Productions in downtown LA. Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.

How does the product contribute to “new ways of working”?

Woolly Pocket products allow for beautiful looking common spaces that may be more inviting to employees than a room with bare walls. These attractive spaces might entice workers to gather more often and from these gatherings, impromptu and creative collaboration can happen. And for the more progressive offices where cooking meals together is encouraged, a living wall boasting herbs, vegetables and other edibles, can help with team building, better nutrition and a sense of community.

Can you tell us about a client who has used the product effectively?

The award-winning ad agency, 72 and Sunny, installed a beautiful living wall in the lobby of their Los Angeles headquarters. The architectural firm, Lean Arch, Inc., transformed the space — two buildings that were the former offices of film mogul Howard Hughes — into a light-filled collaborative environment. The communal space where the Woolly Pocket wall was erected not only encourages employees to work freely, but also adds an element of style and seamlessly brings the outdoors in.

Who was the designer of the product?

The newest Woolly Pocket product, the Living Wall Planter 2 (LWP2), was designed in partnership with Branch Creative. The Branch Creative team included Josh Morenstein, Nick Cronan, Matt Malone, Scott Ross, and Drew Putterman.

What was the inspiration behind the product?

Woolly Pocket’s motto is “Have more Fun with Plants” which is really the inspiration behind the product.

When was the product introduced?

Wally, the first product iteration, was introduced in 2008. Last year, we started rolling out the LWP2, the third iteration following the LWP1.

Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.
Image courtesy of Woolly Pocket.

What do you think our readers will love about the product?

Readers will love the ease of use and the price. It is now even easier and more affordable to create a vertical wall garden. To create a beautiful living wall, follow these four easy steps:

  1. Step 1: Simply attach hook to wall or fence and hang planter up.
  2. Step 2: Fill planter with your favorite plants and soil up to soil level line. Hand water thoroughly to prime planter and establish roots.
  3. Step 3: Hang the planter by sliding the planter on the tank hooks The rounded compact shape makes LWP2 easier to hold, lift and hang.
  4. Step 4: Water using the self-watering tank. Simply fill LWP2’s integrated watering well with approximately one liter of water and keep plants watered for up to two weeks (depending on climate and species). Drip irrigation is available for larger installations.

What is the price?

A single LWP2 planyer retails for $18.99 and a LWP2 four pack retails at $59.99 with free shipping at woollypocket.com. Trade and wholesale pricing also available.

Anything else notable about the product that we ought to know?

The LWP2 recently won the bronze award for outdoor & garden category from The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The award is a nod to how easy the LWP2 is to install and use.

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