Apartment dwellers are famous for turning their fire escapes into extensions of the home. From serving as a relaxing spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee to drying wet laundry, the fire escape does it all. One of its most common makeshift uses is as a garden, since many New Yorkers don’t have a backyard. But growing plants and herbs out there can be a bit challenging, especially when your upstairs neighbor insists on dropping cigarette butts or when you have to climb over the couch and out the window just to get a piece of basil.
That’s where Nomad comes in. A clever creation of the Garden Apartment, the portable herb planter was designed with the urbanite in mind. It can hang indoors from the ceiling or on a wall and can even attach to bicycle handlebars.
The Garden Apartment is a collaboration between Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse, two product designers with a common passion for food and design. The pair created their company with the vision that you don’t have to live in a garden apartment to enjoy a garden in your home. They designed Nomad to “optimize the existing conditions in the home in order to grow herbs in environments with limitations of space, shifting sunlight and changing seasons.”
Nomad is made from scrap boat sails and boat covers, locally sourced from sailmakers in the Bronx. The rectangle pieces of fabric are folded into a double-sided pot with a flat bottom and a large eyelet for hanging from the ceiling, on the wall, or from bicycle handlebars, as well as for connecting multiple planters together vertically. Double layers of fabric allow the soil to breathe and drain properly. Additionally, the designers reduced Nomad to its basic structural elements to create an efficient manufacturing process, all of which takes place in NYC, and so that the product can be shipped flat-packed in a 12-inch x 15-inch envelope.
Learn more about the Garden Apartment here.
Photos via the Garden Apartment