bas van der veer: a drop of water and bioplastic planter bas van der veer: a drop of water and bioplastic planter
oct 19, 2009

bas van der veer: a drop of water and bioplastic planter

this past weekend, bas van der veer was awarded the prize for best project at the design academy eindhoven graduation galleries exhibition for his ‘bioplastic planter’ and ‘a drop of water’ which deal with planting and water collection in the urban environment.

preparing the MDF mould in order to cast ‘a drop of water’

van der veer makes collecting water easy with his ‘a drop of water’ rain barrel. the device includes a watering can which is automatically filled when it rains, therefore eliminating the task of having to fill the can with tap water. instead, free rainwater is used to keep your garden growing.

the mold

the form of ‘a drop of water’ was translated into a mold through CNC milling

once the mold was coated, an epoxy gel coat was applied in order to develop the outer layer of the barrel

applying the gel coat

once the gel coat was applied several layers of fibreglass and epoxy resin were used build-up the form

after the parts dried, they were removed from the mold

each individual part was then glued together and the final form refined

giving the rain barrel a final coat before attaching the water tap

a small tap at the bottom of the barrel makes it easy to refill the attached watering can

a watering can sits inside the larger water barrel

making the basic shape of the bioplastic planter on the lathe

the bioplastic planter contains a young tree or a plant which is made from renewable bioplastics. when the tree is put into the ground, the bioplastic planter will protect it from falling over. overtime, the support system will biodegrade into the soil, returning back to the earth and letting the tree grow on its own.

the two parts ready to be thermoformed – these are just two of the nine different sizes which the bioplastic planter comes in

a layer of bioplastic sheet material is thermoformed over the mold in order to create the planter

handles are incorporated into the design of the planter making it easy to transport and plant the tree and protects the tree from animals

the bioplastic planter makes use of renewable plastics

an illustrative graphic of the planter’s biodegrading process

bas van der veer’s multiculti herb planter has been a part of designboom’s handled with care and kitchen ecology exhibitions.

  • Interesting water barrel, but whats it made from? hope for non petrol based resins?
    Won’t the weight of the water pull it off the downpipe?
    Please stop showing us how prototypes are made-
    tell us more about the end product?
    Otherwise this is a project going in the right direction, sensual, human and at the same time a solution for saving water.

    spoilsport says:
  • I think it looks great, and should function brilliantly, but what about the open water surface on the interior being a breeding ground for pests and insects? Perhaps it could be solved by a gasket lining the teardrop opening such that the watering can seals the enclosure when resting inside?

    QK says:
  • looks absolutly brilliant. Havent seen such great work for a long time. And pleace DO show how the prototypes are made, it is very interesting and i learn a lot from it…

    best

    Thor Høy - www.thdesign.dk says:
  • I’m with Thor please keep showing us the objects are made – it’s excellent, educational and a real differentiator for this blog.

    Ignore Andrea!

    Also I love these designs…

    rarem says:

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