September 15, 2019
A few months ago, I couldn’t help but notice seeing the Gejst Nebl being posted across many of my favorite design accounts on Instagram. It’s easy to see why people were responding so much to the Nebl – it’s a refreshing take on a home for your plant in an otherwise familiar landscape of traditional pots.
Gejst was kind enough to send me a Nebl so I could take a closer look firsthand.
After taking it out of the box, the assembly was pretty straight forward. The product consists of a ceramic base where the plant goes, a large frosted glass container, and a silicone ring that attaches the two together.
The container itself is relatively simple, and the inside shows some charming imperfections typical of a hand made product. The container doesn’t have any drainage, so that’s something to keep in mind depending on what type of plant you’re going to be planting inside.
The bottom of the container shows the Gejst logo.
When reading the instructions that came with the product, I was pleased to see a smart little design detail – The frosted glass part has two different sizes openings, which allows it to sit near the top, or bottom of the ceramic container, depending on how you prefer to set it up, and the type of plant inside.
In my case, I’m going to have it sit low, so the silicon ring was placed near the bottom of the container.
In with the soil.
Now for the tricky part – to find the perfect plant to fit inside the Nebl. Typically when I buy a plant, I choose what plant I want, then figure out the pot later. In the case of the Nebl, it was actually the opposite – certain plants are going to be better suited due to the Nebl acting like more of a showcase than a typical pot. Another thing to consider is the size of the plant – if it’s too small, it’s not going to touch the sides at all, and if it’s too big, it’s going to look claustrophobic. Looking on their site, I gravitated towards the light, medium sized, leafy ferns, so I decided to go in that direction.
Nebel is the German word for “fog,” and you can clearly see the inspiration for designer Michael Rem.
“Walking around on a foggy day, feeling this fresh air in your lungs. Water condenses on your skin. Only blurry silhouettes of things are around you, defining the borders of your current world. Nothing is behind it. Only imagination. Fog hides everything unnecessary but reveals the beauty of simple things.”
– Michael Rem
One of my favorite parts of the Nebl is how water droplets peacefully interact with the fogged glass.
The simplicity and uniqueness of the Nebl have turned it into one of the main focal points of our living room, and I can’t wait to experiment with some different, complimentary plants when this fern grows too large to fit comfortably.