Koloni


Winner of the Orrefors Kosta Boda Glass scholarship 2009


Background:

Today in Sweden, 45 % lives in a house, 54 % in an appartment and 1 % in special accommodation. This means 55% lack the use of an own garden.

Allotments were introduced in Sweden over 100 years ago, and were created to give the big city citizen a possibility to use their own garden for cultivating fruits, vegetables and potatoes, to keep their food costs down. The number of allotments have been reduced, eventough research says it keeps us healthier, happier and influences a sustainable lifestyle. Today there are about 300 allotment compounds.

The monasteries introduced vegetable and herb cultivation in Sweden during the medieval times. At that point herbs were used as medicines and their curative effects were more important than their taste. During 2007 there were 22 million herbal plants produced and consumed, only in Sweden.

Question:

How can you fill the basic need for the urban citizen of having a daily contact with nature, as well as the growing demand for herbal plants?

Idea:

Through the portable garden Koloni, you can cultivate, replant and serve your own herbal plants in your home.

Using renewable energy sources in production and a locally situated glass-factory with led-free glass, the ambition is to raise the awareness of locally grown organic food.