Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden by Joost Bakker combines industrial sculpture with living plants to create a space-efficient indoor garden. Inspired by biophilic design, it aims to boost health, wellbeing and happiness in living and working spaces.

Shelves can be used for potted plants, as well as storage for books and other ornamental objects. The grids can also be displayed as a room divider, either indoors or outdoors.

Offering a range of single and grid modules, Vertical Garden houses 3–12 plants, suitable for a project of any size.

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Research indicates that contact  with nature has a restorative effect on people, helping us deal with day-to-day stress to increase our performance and happiness.

Exposure to greenery supports concentration and helps maintain a healthy mindset, as well as reducing workplace illness, sick-leave absences, stress and negativity.

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Plants act as a bio-filter to capture volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and remove indoor air pollutants, enabling cleaner air for clearer thinking.

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The contemporary and environmentally conscious Vertical Garden, designed by Joost Bakker for Schiavello, has been developed to boost workplace performance and happiness.

Extremely space efficient, Vertical Garden is a grid system that allows numerous potted plants to be arranged in freestanding columns or walls, dramatically transforming any space.

Infusing an industrial sculpture with living plants, Vertical Garden is an architectural highlight that creates a raw and organic feature for office, home, retail or hospitality environments.

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A fifth-generation tulip farmer, Joost (pronounced ‘Yoast’) Bakker is a discipline-crossing creative and visionary known for his plant-based installations that combine nature with a raw, industrial sensibility and emphasise on sustainable design principles.

Since meeting many years ago, Peter Schiavello and Joost discussed their shared passion for sustainable design principles, and working together on a design that would address the need for gardens in interior spaces. Joost came up with the Vertical Garden, the first of its kind, in 2004.

The garden’s first concept used concrete reinforcement bars welded together and needed its base filled with concrete to keep the structure grounded. The second design, which is now in production, is more refined, using solid bars and a metal base.

As with any plant installation, dripping water and mess were the dominant challenges. In response, Schiavello quickly developed drip trays, and improved the design towards seamless indoor use.

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