The act of potting houseplants is like designing a large interior. You can’t just pick out the plant and be done with it. You have to consider its full context: where it will look best indoors and the right growing conditions. Then there’s the question of its container. I believe that with a little consideration in your selection, your houseplant will thank you with years of growth.
A container to inspire is Monica Fí¶rster’s brass flower pot. Designed for Skultuna, a 400-year-old Swedish manufacturer of brass and sterling silver, the brass pot was designed to resemble the classic terra cotta pot. It’s made in a traditional method of metal spinning, a process that can fabricate large, three-dimensional objects from sheet metal. The pots are available through Skultana and Artilleriet in Sweden, and at Royal Design and Scandinavian Design Center, who both ship to the US.
Above: The Brass Flower Pot comes in three sizes at Artilleriet. The x-small measures about 4.5 inches in diameter and 6 inches high for 598 SEK ($84); the small is 5.5 by 7.5 inches for 798 SEK ($112), and the medium is about 8 by 10.5 inches for 1598 SEK ($245).
Above: Fí¶rster’s planters are available in brushed or polished brass.
Above: The Skultuna emblem is imprinted on the underside of the brass pot.
Above: To polish the pots, Skultuna recommends usin a water-soluble cleanser like Bistro Copper & Brass Polish