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Object of Desire: The Korbo Basket, A Swedish Design Classic Now Made for the Garden

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Object of Desire: The Korbo Basket, A Swedish Design Classic Now Made for the Garden

March 1, 2022

Designed to withstand salt water, weather, and a lot of wear and tear, Korbo’s metal baskets were initially made for use by fishermen and farmers. That was precisely a century ago—the Göteborg, Sweden, company is currently celebrating its 100th year.  In recent decades, the steel wire receptacles were discovered to be models of utilitarian chic just right for holding all sorts of things, from firewood to umbrellas.

In response, Korbo has slowly and carefully developed a range of shapes and sizes, all created as the first baskets were: each is woven by hand from a single length of wire, no screws or weldings, so, as Korbo promises, “there are no parts that can fall apart.” A few years back, Korbo debuted its first planters lined with “geotextile bags” that keep the soil in place while allowing drainage. New next month: balcony baskets. Here’s a look at both.

Photographs courtesy of Korbo.

The Korbo Classic 35 with spring plantings. The basket comes in galvanized steel for €\130 and acid-proof stainless steel for €\185, and planting bags are €\16 for three. Additional sizes with liners are also available.
Above: The Korbo Classic 35 with spring plantings. The basket comes in galvanized steel for €130 and acid-proof stainless steel for €185, and planting bags are €16 for three. Additional sizes with liners are also available.
Nordic Nest, DWR, Rejuvenation, and other US retailers also carry the Korbo line. Here, a basket of strawberries. 
Above: Nordic Nest, DWR, Rejuvenation, and other US retailers also carry the Korbo line. Here, a basket of strawberries. 
The new Balcony Basket is ellipse shaped. It will be available starting in April \20\2\2 from most Korbo retailers, including Canoe in Portland, OR; Horne; and Detroit Garden Works.
Above: The new Balcony Basket is ellipse shaped. It will be available starting in April 2022 from most Korbo retailers, including Canoe in Portland, OR; Horne; and Detroit Garden Works.
The Balcony Basket is made of galvanized steel or acid-proof stainless steel; it comes with a pair of hooks that can be adjusted to fit different railings, and can also be freestandning. The planter bags are made of the same permeable ground cloth used to create gravel paths.
Above: The Balcony Basket is made of galvanized steel or acid-proof stainless steel; it comes with a pair of hooks that can be adjusted to fit different railings, and can also be freestandning. The planter bags are made of the same permeable ground cloth used to create gravel paths.
Korbo baskets have a lot of practical uses around the garden. This is the Bucket \16 with seedling pots. It&#8\2\17;s \$94 in galvanized steel and \$\135 in acid-proof stainless steel from Nordic Nest, which sells a three-pack of companion planting bags for \$\10.50.
Above: Korbo baskets have a lot of practical uses around the garden. This is the Bucket 16 with seedling pots. It’s $94 in galvanized steel and $135 in acid-proof stainless steel from Nordic Nest, which sells a three-pack of companion planting bags for $10.50.
The Korbo Bin \16, from €95, works well as a harvest basket. Its single handle is designed to be hung on a wall.
Above: The Korbo Bin 16, from €95, works well as a harvest basket. Its single handle is designed to be hung on a wall.

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