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Interview with 10¹² Terra

As much as I have always liked the thought of incorporating plant life into our home, the trick was always how to keep them alive. I don’t have much of a green thumb so it wasn’t until my discovery of succulents that I realized how enjoyable plant caring could be. Succulents including cacti are extremely low maintenance and are especially great for any sort of indoor gardening in our Brooklyn apartment. They are much harder to kill than a common houseplant and don’t need a lot of supplies other than water and a vessel to live in. Enter the 10¹² Terra Hydro Terrarium. When we discovered these beautiful glass terrariums, growing succulents became even more enjoyable for the fact that now not only could we appreciate the top half of the plant, but also that there was a whole world to discover below the ground surface. 

Since this revelation, we’ve been slowly filling up our home with cacti corners and learning about all the characteristics of succulents. They don’t need to be buried in soil for one. Succulents can be cared for using hydroponic systems that essentially only require some H2O and adequate nutrients. With soil now being unnecessary, we thought it was brilliant that there was a pair of designers that wanted to create a product that would showcase the unfolding of the roots – a product that would allow the user to observe the transience of life. “We’re making things with a shape, but the point is, we’re pursuing the essential piece that is behind that thing.” Explains 10¹² Terra co-founder Daisuke Tsumanuma.

With a thoughtful concept behind such well-crafted products, we knew we wanted to track down the minds behind the studio on our latest trip to Japan. To our delight, founders Daisuke and Kenichi were incredibly open about their process and easy to talk to. We chatted about plants, watched a demo and were on our way with a parting gift of Japanese snacks and a precious copper lidded terrarium to add to our growing collection of cacti corners. 

The interview was conducted in English and Japanese. Both languages are published so as to not lose any meaning in translation for native readers. 1012_Terra_Backstory_Large_Terrarium

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