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The Lazy Season


Sydney landscape designer Georgina Reid should need no introduction around here – she is, of course, the supremely clever creator of The Planthunter website, and our own monthly Gardens columnist. We are amongst her greatest fans!

We’re also huge fans of Sydney design team The Fortynine Studio, who make exquisite handcrafted ceramics.

Today we introduce a ‘The Lazy Season’ – a collaboration between these clever Sydney folk, who have created a limited edition range of plant pots unlike any we’ve seen before!

5th May, 2015
Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 5th May 2015

Georgina Reid of The Planthunter met the team at The Fortynine Studio quite fortuitously just over a year ago. In retrospect, it seems they were always destined to collaborate.

‘We were both talking at a design event as part of Vivid Festival’ explains Georgina. ‘I was blown away by a body of work they had just exhibited at Milan Design Week, inspired by native flora and the Australian landscape. Once we started we couldn’t stop talking… everyone else had gone home and we were still there chatting about plants. They practically had to kick us out. It was clearly love at first sight!’

The result of this initial encounter comes to fruition this week, with the launch of ‘The Lazy Season’.  A misnomer indeed (!), The Lazy Season is a handmade, limited edition, self watering pot, which comes with a bronze wedge-shaped prop to enable it to be placed at any angle. An internal water reservoir inside each pot is separated by a removable wicking floor designed to retain moisture, meaning there’s no need for a saucer.

There will be just 49 of these pots created in total, ever, and each is handmade at The Fortynine Studio’s Sydney workshop. ‘We decided to do a limited edition as a way of celebrating small run, local production, focusing on quality design and craftsmanship’ says Georgina. ‘The Fortynine Studio and myself share a passion for doing things properly and honestly from beginning to end’.

As a landscape designer and self confessed ‘mad plant lady’ Georgina was particularly keen to ensure that the final product was as practical as it was beautiful. ‘Our aim was to create a completely unique and highly resolved product, celebrating the beauty and whimsy found within the natural world’ explains Georgina of this quirky range of off-kilter plant pots. ‘We wanted to elevate the humble plant pot, and consequently the plant in it, to the place we think it should occupy within our living environments; not as an afterthought but as one of the most important and soulful elements within an indoor or outdoor space.’

‘The Lazy Season’ pots can be purchased from The Fortynine Studio Online Shop, Small Spaces in Sydney and Loose Leaf in Melbourne.

The Lazy Season handmade planter by The Fortynine Studio and The Planthunter. Photo – Daniel Shipp.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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