Swiss-born Miriam Josi and Australian-born Stella Lee Prowse of The Garden Apt. are product designers who met and became friends while studying at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. When they decided to share an apartment together in Brooklyn, both women anticipated enjoying a garden full of herbs and vegetables, just like they were used to growing up. Unfortunately, their busy urban lives and space constraints didn’t allow it.
So they designed Nomad, a portable herb planter that fits in even the tiniest apartment and can be taken anywhere. The planter can be hung on a wall or in front of a window, set on a counter, or moved about the room to catch the best sunlight.
Designed with simplicity and sustainability in mind, Nomad is made from scrap boat sails and covers locally sourced from the post-production waste of sailmakers in the Bronx. Manufactured in New York City, the planter is a rectangle folded into a double-sided pot and finished with an eyelet. It can be shipped flat-packed in a 12-inch by 15-inch envelope.
Nomad is easily planted by placing pebbles in the bottom, which help with drainage and act as a weight. Soil is placed on top. One or both sides can be planted with seedlings. A gap between the two layers allows the soil to breathe and drain.