For anyone who lives in an apartment but has always wished for a nice little gardening space, this window unit is the perfect compromise. French designers Nicolas Barreau and Jules Charbonnet of Barreau & Charbonnet, created Volet Végétal, a clever and creative pulley system that allows urban gardeners to lower their plants into direct sunlight from any apartment window.
When vertical, the unit sits directly within a window frame and provides plenty of space for three large planters. When it’s time for some sunshine, the plant-owner pulls the cord system, the bottoms of the planters rotate slightly, and the device lowers into a horizontal position outside of the window. Additionally, the product can be a freestanding, tiered plant holder inside the apartment but the concept is the most space-saving when mounted in the window. The designers say, “Our desire was to make a clever solution to the lack of space for a small garden.”