Indigenus Introduces A Stylish Range of Planters
Add definition to your garden, patio or home with a trendy planter showcasing your favourite greenery. Indigenus brings us a collection of stylish planters in versatile ranges to make a statement in your interior – inside and out.
By Laurie Wiid van Heerden
With its clean curvaceous lines and immaculate finishes the Soma planters have become an iconic part of the Indigenus range. Inspired by the ‘anchoring presence’ of trees combined with the designer’s distinctive rounded sculptural style the Soma planters create a powerful impact on any landscape or interior. The Soma design celebrates the stone-like appearance of reinforced concrete and in various progressions of the design contrasts with organic elements in wood and cork.
The Soma collection, the first collection van Heerden did for Indigenus, is an extremely versatile range. The planters can act like pillars punctuating a long vista or provide a shapely antidote to the rigid lines of architecture. They are perfect for solo placement on the ground, in a corner, or on a raised surface and are particularly effective assembled in varying heights.
By Haldane Martin
Created to last generations and weather with character, the mighty Tuber is crafted from African Iroko, a hard timber often used for boatbuilding, flooring and outdoor furniture. The Tuber’s enduring strength is derived from individual cut pieces of wood bolted together internally with stainless steel pins and hand-assembled into a pleasing bulbous form.
As the name implies, the Tuber sits as if it is rooted in the ground. It is solid bearing which means it can be interspersed randomly, bunched as a large centrepiece or grouped in large numbers to create exciting journeys through a vast space. The Tuber would be particularly suitable when creating an indoor forest installation.
By Laurie Wiid van Heerden
Terra is a contemporary interpretation of the mid-twentieth century genre. This well proportioned range has been designed in van Heerden’s celebrated sublime and subtly curved style, combining the sensuality of pale grey concrete with the warm tones of carved wood. The elegantly tapered planters are placed on a solid Iroko leg base to give a sense of lightness and modernity and create an impression of open space.
The versatility of the Terra planters allows them to stand well on their own, staggered together in various heights, in a loose cluster, or in a mid-century modern style lining a wall.
By Andile Dyalvane
A completely personal and original range of concrete planters the Bhaca design reflects ceramicist Andile Dyalvane’s connection to his
South African Xhosa roots while celebrating his mastery of an elemental material of choice – clay. He originally worked the designs in wet clay and then up-scaled them to cope with the rigours of being a large planter. The chosen work focuses on Andile’s signature scarification style, reflecting the Xhosa tradition of cutting or marking skin – hence the name “Bhaca”, the Xhosa word for scarification.
Bhaca planters are perfect as sculptural statements in a garden or interior space. Finished in a fire-pit black, ash grey or a bleached white their scarification is applied on all sides of the planter. The twist of the form and the slashing strokes create a dynamic form making them ideal as independent pieces which can be seen from any angle. But set in a cluster they create a commanding spirit.
By Stefan Antoni and Greg Truen of SAOTA
As leading architects of the world-renowned practise SAOTA, Antoni and Truen are known for their uncompromising contemporary design with a philosophy of simplicity, restraint and refinement of materials. For Steen, which means ‘stone’ in Afrikaans, they took their inspiration from the dramatic boulders found on the coastal cliffs around Cape Town. The range features an unusual horizontal orientation in stylized forms which are powerful and bold, yet delicately poised.
Made from glass-reinforced concrete, which is lighter than regular concrete the Steen range has been given a beautiful buffed suedelike finish in concrete grey, limestone white and boulder black. The three sizes work particularly well when grouped together and can be endlessly configured to dramatic effect. Their chiselled profile works beautifully at eye level however they are at their best seen from above offering an endless dance of potential placement.