When it comes to pots for outdoor plants, the South African market has long since been limited to only two choices: faux-Italian terracotta style or the glazed traditional Oriental option. Design entrepreneur Peter van der Post spotted this gap and has very quickly filled it with a vast array of stylish and contemporary designer options, under the label Indigenus. Inspired by his experience running sister company Yin Design – a company specialising in high-end planters for the corporate and commercial industries – Peter approached a series of award-winning local designers to custom design and make their own ranges for Indigenus. His aim? To create a top global brand with local roots that bridges the divide between interior design and landscape architecture.
Indigenus launched this year by presenting its first set of designs by award-winning designers, including Laurie Wiid van Heerden of Wiid Designs (above), Gregor Jenkin and Haldane Martin. Laurie’s range, illustrated above and below, uses a mixed-materials approach and experiments with scale, featuring dramatically oversized examples.
Well-known local furniture designer Haldane Martin, pictured below, designed a sleek timber range of elegant planters in a variety of contemporary shapes and sizes.
Finally, designer Gregor Jenkin illustrates his commitment to quality engineering and minimalist execution in his super-slick series of Hancock planters, pictured below.
In 2015 the Indigenus range will expand to include distinctive creations by renowned architects Stefan Antoni and Greg Truen of SAOTA as well as a range by designer Philippa Thorne of Gone Rural. All Indigenus products embody a functional, multipurpose approach, and are designed to be equally suitable for both indoors and out. All planters are built from natural, locally-sourced materials and are hand-crafted by master craftsman and artisans. ‘From a quality and longevity perspective,’ says Peter, ‘I am tired of artificial materials. Anything mass-produced is losing its lustre, and these are handmade; a person’s hand goes into making these things and this makes them more special.’
For more information visit www.indigenus.co.za.