The Seattle-based furniture and interiors designer Trey Jones was inspired to create a debut collection of planters when he realized he was looking for something that didn’t yet exist. “I was searching for planters to go with a client project,” Jones says. “I couldn’t find any that worked for the space, so I started to design one.”
Made for the outdoors, Jones’s Origami planter is available in copper or weathering steel and was inspired by its materials. “They fold sheet metal like origami,” says Jones, who used the Japanese art technique to make many paper models while exploring the possibilities his planter’s form might take. The planter is thoughtfully designed: dirt resides in its pyramid-shaped cavity, with drainage at the bottom and on the side seams; the copper and steel take on a patina with time — changing with the surroundings, as Jones points out — though the copper can be polished to maintain its shine as desired.
The Frame planter, an indoor option that Jones originally designed and built for a cafe space, elevates the terra cotta pot — both literally and figuratively. “We didn’t want to just put the pot on the floor. We wanted to make it elegant and interesting,” Jones says. “Terra cotta is a beautiful material, and we didn’t want to detract from that, so I framed it in the most minimal way I could.” Terra cotta is good for plants — it’s breathable, allowing air to penetrate the soil — but pots typically present a design dilemma when it comes to their drain holes. (Where does the water land?) By suspending the planter, Jones offers a graceful solution: The Frame planter’s hand-turned American white ash drip tray has a hidden, interior 3D-printed plastic liner protecting the wooden cavity. The white ash frame, with handsomely detailed joints, stands 16 to 20 inches off the ground, positioning your plant close to window light and at an easy watering height.
A second version of the Frame planter, finished with a marble top, does double duty as a side table; it was inspired by space constraints in the 700-square-foot apartment Jones shares with his wife and more than a dozen houseplants. “In the future, people are going to have to learn to live in smaller spaces,” says Jones, “Furniture is going to have to be more efficient. It’s going to have to do more than one thing.”