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Brief Published: 8 Sep 2015

Maison & Objet 2015: Easy Greening

Tableau self-watering tray makes plant-keeping easy

Tableau by Amsterdam-based start-up Pikaplant is a self-watering device designed for the easy maintenance of plants. 

Mimicking wet-dry water cycles found in nature, the tray keeps plants hydrated via an automated irrigation process – dispensing around half a litre of water from a glass reservoir when needed. The user simply has to ensure there is water in the jar.

Water flows from the jar into the tray through a valve. A thin layer of capillary-like fabric covering the base of the tray acts as a wick, allowing the plants to absorb the water through the holes in the bottom of the pots. Once the water is absorbed, the base remains dry for a few days before fresh water is dispensed from the reservoir, and the cycle continues. 

The device requires no technology; instead, the natural flow of water is triggered by changes in humidity. This makes Tableau wire-free and portable – ideal for integrating plants into the workplace, which is proven to boost creativity and productivity.

Showing for the first time at interiors trade fair Maison & Objet earlier this week, Tableau – just one of Pikaplant’s devices – taps the growing trend for horticultural products for the home. We first noted the importance of domestic greening in our 2013 Design Democracy Industry Trend Slow, and now see sophisticated options hitting the commercial market.

Look out for our full coverage of Maison & Objet, coming soon. In the meantime, take a look back at our reports from the show earlier this year.