What do good designs have in common? They very often start with a juxtaposition of ideas woven together to create something new. This is the case with the latest houseplant trend coming from Japan – the Masumoss, winner of the 2017 Good Design Award.
The Masumoss combines elements of traditional Japanese culture in an innovative way: the masu – a wood box that was used to measure rice, the kokedama technique of keeping root structures watered and healthy, and the bonsai art form of plant pruning.
These three elements blend together in a new design by Keita Yamaga. The Masumoss is manufactured in Akiha, the Niigata Prefecture, which has been a major horticultural area for over four centuries.
Green’s Green, the company behind Masumoss, pays special attention to sustainable practices.
With the advent in popularity of kokedama and bonsai, the demand often leads to an ecosystem abuse, and overpicking of moss triggers the destruction of natural habitats. That’s why Masumoss uses eco-friendly moss that has been grown on moss farms that employ local farmers and make use of abandoned farmland.
The masu box is made out of sustainably harvested local wood, and the company reinvests part of the profits in forest management initiatives.
Taking care of a Masumoss art piece – we do believe it looks like art – might seem tricky. It’s actually as simple as taking watering it gently a couple of times a week when the moss looks dry.
The delicate and elegant Masumoss arrangement is currently available in Japan, Europe and North America.
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