Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.
It's called a Cavity Flowerpot- a flower pot that holds up to four umbrellas. It's a neat decorative piece, but its eco-value comes from wet umbrellas. Rain drenched umbrellas will drip into the dish beneath the planter where the plant will absorb the water.
Cavity Flowerpot, design by Merve Sarışın: ©Merve Sarışın, image via Yanko Design
Cavity Flowerpot designed with three simple parts: ©Merve Sarışın, image via Yanko Design
Cavity Flowerpots: ©Merve Sarışın, image via Yanko Design
Though this is a great idea for using 'gray water,' don't give up on your rainsaver barrels. It is doubtful that even with four soaking wet umbrellas feeding it, the plant would get enough water to survive. So, for the eco-value to increase, a re-design is probably necessary.
Nevertheless, the Cavity Flowerpot is a very clever design that certainly saves geting your floors wet.
sources: 3rings, Yanko Design