The Garden Apt. is a collaboration between two product designers that share design ethics and aesthetics. Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse met during their time at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. The two became roommates and moved into a garden apartment in a Brooklyn neighborhood. For us this meant fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, chickens and a compost heap. In reality we got as far as the compost heap. Their busy lifestyles didn’t allow for their vision of self sufficiency, which is what sparked the idea for The Garden Apt. and its first product. The idea is that you don’t need a garden apartment to have a garden in your apartment. Nomad is a planter made from reclaimed materials, this and the minimal construction carries through as The Garden Apt.’s design philosophy.
The Garden Apt. finds use for materials that otherwise would be thrown away. Products are developed in small batches due to the limited supply of reclaimed materials. The minimal construction allows the products to be made locally in Paris and Newburgh, New York.
They encourage users and followers to participate in the design process by sharing different phases of product development. Rapid model making, brainstorming, experimenting, material exploration is all apart of The Garden Apt.'s playful approach to design.