Looking at the Air Bonsai, it may conjure up images of worlds far away, maybe even inspired by the worlds of science fiction films and fantastic novels.
It is very much real, though, and the gently levitating bonsai tree growing out of a little sphere (or moon, if you wish) is probably the most innovative way to present your plant.
Coming straight from Japan – more precisely, the studio of a small company called Hoshinchu, located on the Japanese Island of Kyushu – the innovative flower ‘pot’ consists of two parts.
Made of florist’s sponge wrapped in moss, the floating sphere called the ‘little star’ will be a tiny home to the owner’s plant.
Measuring 2.3 inches in diameter, it’s also available in a lava version, which can be used in combination with the moss star or on its own, as a flower pot.
To turn the sphere into a semi-contained universe of its own, users will have to transplant their own favorite plant onto the little star – or, alternatively, buy a Bonsai that’s already been grown for a decade or two.
When in use, the little star hovers over a low-key but elegant porcelain ‘energy base’.
And while looking magical, the technology behind the floating plants is simple: like in school experiments, two magnets repelling each other are creating a magnetic field, thereby making the sphere float about an inch over the base.
All components are handmade in Japan and will be shipped in a traditional Kiri box, made from Paulownia wood.
Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, prices for a full set of components start at $200 (€182.55, $139.13), with delivery estimated for August 2016.