We have a little skylight just above our kitchen table in the new house, which my sister-in-law took one look at and said, “You need to hang something green from there!” I nodded sagely, actually with no idea what, as I’ve never hung plants before. As luck would have it a Sunday trip to brilliant Hackney design store Triangle resulted in this gorgeous DIY copper mobile and air plant…
A collaboration between Triangle and RoCo for Design Week, the limited edition Himmeli Kits are easy to make and super clever as they come with enough pipes for two, so you can hang two or give one to a friend. The kit comes with everything you need apart from scissors and measuring tape and in the spirit of full disclosure, although the instructions were pretty straight-forward, I still managed to fudge it but they turned out perfect anyway!
As you can see from my many photos below (sorry, got a bit carried away in the Sunday afternoon light) it’s just a matter of stringing up the pipes to create triangles and then diamonds. You can do quite a lot of it on one length of copper (if you are excellent at instructions!) but I ended up cutting shorter lengths and attaching single pipes when I needed too. I just knotted and tucked the ends out of sight.
The air plant is quite phenomenal, basically it lives off the moisture in the air. Mary from Triangle told me to mist it every now and then, or run under the tap and shake of the water. It flowers too, which I cannot wait to see! So here you have it, a lovely little DIY project or perfect gift, get them while they last. Mine is the double one*, but there’s a single small and medium too. There’s a selection of the South American air plants online too, the one I have here is the Butzii.