The Vàs Planter is the result of Industrial Design students learning the DesignHouse process of Designing for Local. After visiting Chicago, Virginia Tech student, Morgan Matt, looked for what manufacturing was available locally in her home town. Finding cut and sew manufacturing to be prominent, her team combined that with their desire to bring gardens to the small spaces they were living in. They asked, 'why not create a planter that could look great and take up minimal space?' and the concept for Vàs was born.
The team worked with several manufacturers to optimize a design that could handle the dirt and water needed to grow a plant. Each material had different challenges, but they were able to settle on a combination of industrial felt and plastic that allowed for a design that could be flat packed and easily assembled, helping to further reduce their carbon footprint (beyond just making local).
The final result was put through a Kickstarter with over 250 supporters and is currently in production. Watch the original Kickstarter video here: