These planters were inspired by the Finnish tradition of himmeli, handcrafted hanging mobiles made of straw for the Christmas season. In Swedish and German, himmel means sky or heaven, and himmeli are typically made to usher in the holiday spirit, or, create a festive mood at any time of the year. Formed from pure metals, each planter is created one at a time, and the hand-turned process produces a unique exterior. Sheets of metal are turned slowly on a lathe until a dome is formed. The chains of the planter are finished with brass jump rings at the end for easy installation onto the ceiling or a wall hook.
The raw, uncoated metals of these planters will develop a unique patina over time. If you desire to restore its original sheen, a copper polish may be used. Read our field notes article on caring for copper.
Trained in art, fashion and architecture, Ashira Israel seeks to create products at the intersection of all of her interests. Her catalogue of products, including planters, tableware and other home accessories, are meant to be artful yet functional. The simple geometry of her designs allows the materials, including concrete, brass, copper and wood, to naturally shine through. The planter, left raw and untreated so that it may patina and change over time and with use, is made by Ashira and her team in a solar-powered building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Solid copper planter with hanging chain. Carefully spun one at a time using traditional methods. Brass jump rings at vintage chain ends for easy installation into ceiling or wall hook. Oxidizes over time for a unique patina. Also available in Brass. (more info)
8 inches diameter (20 cm)
4 inches high (10 cm)
32 inches of hanging crochet chain (81 cm)
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