Instead of relying on soil like normal greenery, Tillandsia, also called air plants, are known to absorb nutrients from air through their leaves, rendering their roots useless. A team of Swedish designers have come up with a new and innovative vessel for these unusual plants. Known as LYFE, the levitating vessels keep the plants floating around in the air, against gravity.
The system, according to the developers, comprises of two parts: a six-by-six-inch base built using reclaimed wood, and a stunning 12-sided geodesic container that is made entirely out of silicone. The container, as the team points out, is equipped with an inner reservoir for drainage. Powerful magnets are present in both the parts, which repel each other to generate the spectacular levitating effect.
Allowing the owner to grow a levitating air garden, the LYFE system uses advanced Maglev technology to keep the suspended container rotating in the air. This, the developers believe, ensures that all the parts of the plant receive sufficient sunlight. This is especially necessary in Swedish climate, where sunlight is rarely available in the winters.