In his company called Spruitje, Amsterdam-based Jonael van der Sloot sells micro gardens in old and vintage gherkin jars and other glassware. He manages to turn the tiniest and most delicate plants into works of art.
A couple of years ago Jonael, who grew up on biodynamic farms in Argentina and Chile, started growing vegetables indoors. His apartment proved not to be spacious enough for this, but as he wanted to continue working with plants, he began creating the tiniest gardens that fit in any home.
The mini-terraria, ‘living lamps’ and luminous works of art have little maintenance requirements. Jonael tries to create natural habitats that sustain themselves, just like in real nature. Some plants disappear and sometimes a new plant arises.
In addition to the micro gardens, Jonael also works on larger projects. For example, he designs interiors and edible gardens. Together with partners, he also designed the interior of Saladebar SLA in Amsterdam and Café Bairro Alto in Nijmegen.