These Surrealist planters, by Brooklyn-based design duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams, were molded after the actual rinds of pineapples, avocados, and cantaloupes.

The idea? Grow a plant in another plant.

The White Rind Trio started with an orange.

“When you didn't see the tell tale navel of the orange, it was just an appealing abstract texture,” Chen says. “I think humans have it hardwired evolutionarily to find these shapes and textures appealing.”

Each pot is actually cast from a different fruit, making each model unique--just like when you shop for real fruit.

The downside? Even more grocery shopping: “It could take a half hour to dig through a pile of avocados at the grocery store to find the one perfect one."

The White Rind Trio costs $80, at Of A Kind.

Grow Fruit In Cement Planters Molded From Fruit

Brooklyn-based designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams have created a limited run of Stone Fruit Planters.

You could imagine these White Rind Trio pots, by Brooklyn-based design duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams, in a Magritte painting. The idea behind the Surrealist planters is to grow a plant in another plant and the concrete shapes were molded from the actual rinds of things like pineapples, avocados, and cantaloupes.

It all started with an orange: “When you didn't see the tell tale navel of the orange, it was just an appealing abstract texture,” Chen says. “I think humans have it hardwired evolutionarily to find these shapes and textures appealing.”

Chen says he and Williams like to leave at least some of the design up to chance, so to keep a level of spontaneity for the rind-shaped planters, each is cast using a different piece of fruit. Meaning every model is different, just like when you shop for real fruit. The downside? Even more grocery shopping for the designers to find fruit: “It could take a half hour to dig through a pile of avocados at the grocery store to find the one perfect one."

Snag the White Rind Trio for $80, at Of A Kind.

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