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Biophilic design is big for 2022. Here’s how it’s done – and the small plant businesses to support, too

One of the great things about a new year is the chance to start afresh, and this includes how we decorate our homes. According to Pinterest, one of the biggest interiors trends for 2022 is biophilic design – AKA plant-first interiors.

Biophilic design officially came into being in the 1970s and is centred around making us feel more connected to nature in man-made spaces. IRL, this looks like green walls, staircase gardens and floral ceilings – basically, any way that plants are the most important part of a space.

As well as looking nice, biophilia is one of the few design theories that can positively impact your mindset – whether that’s reducing stress, improving your quality of sleep, or reducing feelings of loneliness. Having plants around has also been proven to improve productivity (which is probably why huge businesses like Apple and Google have installed green walls in their offices).

But as much as we’d love to transform our kitchen wall into a six-foot patchwork of plants, for most of us this kind of large-scale installation is just not doable. Instead, we’re channelling the trend – and benefits of it – by filling our homes with plants and plant-related paraphernalia.

We’re not just talking about your classic spider plant in a plastic pot, either. Below, we’ve chosen six of our favourite small plant businesses that have innovated new ways to display and take care of your plants – from seeds optimised to grow on urban balconies to the start-up making green walls accessible to all.

Potr – for self-watering origami

More than just a pretty pot, these origami-style planters have some serious eco-credentials, too. Each pot has a flat pack design that means it can be posted through your letterbox – which, Potr says, produces a carbon footprint that’s 100 times smaller than your standard ceramic pot. Their latest design is made from recycled fishing nets, and 10% of the profits go towards helping ocean clean-ups. Plus, they’re self-watering and look amazing. What’s not to love? From £14.

Leafage – for a DIY terrarium

If you’ve been to a makers market over the last couple of years, you’ll have probably seen the vogue for terrariums. They’re basically an entire eco system contained within a glass jar – or, if you’re really trendy, something like an old light bulb. However, instead of buying them, the team at Leafage have created kits for you make your own terrariums at home. They also offer team building workshops – to turn those work mates into soil-mates. We’ll see ourselves out… From £45.

Shirinoku – to create your own green wall

What do you do when you’re trapped in a tiny, gardenless flat during a national lockdown? Apparently, if you’re Shirinoku, you’ll design your own wall-mounted plant pots and create a green wall in the living room. “A green wall brings your plants to eye level,” they say. “This makes it easier to interact with the plants and gain the benefits of having them.” The Noku Canvas – which launched this year – is also self-watering (goodbye, half-dead ferns!), stackable (so you can make your green wall as large as you like) and has been designed to make your plants look as pretty as possible. *Adds five to basket*. From £35.

Frond – for self-watering hanging planters

Hanging planters have been doing the rounds for years, but Frond have taken it to the next level. They’ve designed Flo, which is a ceramic and glass pot that comes with a self-watering wicking system (made out of recycled cotton, nonetheless) that encourages healthy root growth. We like the hanging pot the best, but they also do standing and wall-mounted numbers. All you need to do is pop your plant of choice straight into the pot and top up the reservoir. Ok, and snap a few pics for your Insta story – they do look pretty swish. From £65.

Herboo – to grow a garden anywhere

As anyone who’s tried growing their own veg will know, gardening is pretty hard. Even harder, actually, when you live in a city – or when you don’t physically have a garden. Still, that didn’t stop Henry from Herboo, who has made it his mission to help anyone grow a garden, well, anywhere. Herboo, which started in lockdown, creates seed packets and boxes that enable even the least green-fingered among us to reap the benefits of having our own garden – even if you live in a city. We’re eyeing up the balcony grow box for a splash of easy-growing green. Balcony box from £18.

Words by Georgie Young