FutureFest by Nesta

London, UK
6 July 2018

Knowledge Design Week 2018

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
13 June 2018



Milan, Italy


A flower pot that changes color based on humidity

Developed by Carlo Ratti Associati with Walter Nicolino for leading Italian design company Danese/Artemide, Huemid is a light and compact vase made of a smart breathing paper layered with a transpiring material, similar to Gore-tex. Thanks to this flexible and pliant essence, it is adjustable in size, can be stretched to the desired height and totally adaptable to one’s needs.

Combining the ludic and the educational aspect of farming, Huemid is able to indicate when your plants need watering. Once upon a time small hue-changing sculptures were used to show humidity in the air, as a simplified and psychedelic tool for weather forecasting. Huemid uses the same principle to make your garden talk. Thanks to new material technologies, your vase varies in color, communicating its desires and making gardening easy. Your flower pots tell you when to water them, as they never did before.


Urban farming is re-designing the relationship between citizen and nature. Huemid makes your plants breathe and grow, contributing to a new living fabric.



A project by Carlo Ratti Associati and Walter Nicolino

Team: Carlo Ratti, Walter Nicolino, Gary Di Silvio

Special thanks to the Levosil team