Our food is produced further and further away from us. Consequently, we have lost our connection and respect for it, resulting in unnecessary food waste. Investigating alternative methods of growing vegetables created the ambition to encourage the end consumer to self-sufficient crop production at home.
Initial trend research led to the rising interest for urban farming. The world becomes more populated, cities grow larger and it is necessary to explore new methods of utilizing cities as cultivation areas. Therefore, investigating how to facilitate cultivation in apartments became the chosen task. An analysis of the difficulties of growing greens showed that it is dirty, requires plenty of space, and understanding the plant’s needs is tricky.
Market research of indoor garden systems, and the DIY-equivalents, resulted in focusing on fogponic gardening, which uses fog to provide the plant with nutrients and water, eliminating the need for soil. The roots are more exposed to oxygen and the tiny droplets are easier to absorb, generating a greater yield.
The result is Fogpod, a modular fogponic system for home-usage. Inspired by sculptural art, the white base acts as a podium, turning the modules and vegetables into art pieces. To contrast existing products, porcelain was chosen as the main material, making it an interior piece to fit the modern home. The playful expression invites the user to create a close connection to the food by growing it themselves and encourages the user to cultivate their growing interest.