Living in an urban environment certainly has its many advantages, but most of us city folk still pine for the great outdoors. And if weekend or vacation outings just aren’t enough, there are plenty of designers out there who have created ingenious green designs that bring tiny little pieces of nature into our homes and urban settings.

Some of these are simply creative home products designed to mimic nature in clever ways, but some of them are the real deal. After all, the feel of a plastic plant can’t compare to that of a real, living and breathing one. Whether it’s moss or grass planted onto a moist and nutrient-rich sponge or a clever arrangement of soil and grass, these products and design elements are sure to help sate your hankering for nature until your next vacation or weekend trip into the great outdoors.

Picnyc Table

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Ivy Bike Lock

Designed by Sono Mocci

A Wearable Planter

Designed by Colleen Jordan

Living Moss Bath Mat

Designed by Nguyen La Chanh

Pooleaf Pen

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Cat Grass Table

Designed by Emily Wettstein

LED Mushroom Lamps

Designed by Yukio Takano

Grass Flip-Flops

Designed by Kusa

Leaf T-Shirts


Designed by Dave Rittinger

Interactive Cloud Lamp

Designed by Richard Clarkson

Leaf-It Sticky Notes

Designed by Appree

Flower Pots

Designed by Good!

Green Umbrella Stand

Designed by Simon Enever

Waterdrop Magnets

Designed by Appree

Dilston Grove

Designed by Ackroyd & Harvey

Greenhouse Lamp

Designed by Kristyna Pojerova

Green Bed

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Growing Jewelry

Designed by  Hafsteinn Juliusson

Bloomin’ Designer’s Business Card

Designed by Jamie Wieck

Leaf Tie

Designed by Tsunho Wang

Living Desk

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Grassy Page Markers

Designed by yuruliku

One Pot, Two Lives

Designed by Sheng-Zhe Feng and Ling-Yuan Chou

Living Wall

Designed by Jean Nouvel | Image credits: Lauren Manning