The Terra planters, crafted by Laurie Wiid van Heerden for Indigenus, derive from the Latin word for ‘earth” and are inspired by the mid-century modern tradition. These planters are elevated on stands, adding a sense of weight and sophistication to their design.
The square shape of the Terra planters enhances their inherent solidity, evoking a sense of stability and presence. The wooden bases, meticulously contoured and sculpted into the planter, create a seamless fusion between the elements, resulting in a harmonious interpretation embodying earthiness and modernity.
While Terra planters exude a grounded and stable aesthetic, they maintain a remarkable lightness and contemporary allure. Their elegantly curvaceous forms add a touch of organic fluidity, beautifully contrasting with the solidity of the square shape. This juxtaposition creates a dynamic interplay between earthy elements and sleek modern lines, resulting in a visual composition that effortlessly transcends time.
Laurie Wiid Van Heerden
Born in Cape Town in 1987, Laurie opted for a hands-on approach to studying design and manufacturing. He apprenticed to Otto du Plessis and Charles Haupt at Bronze Age Foundry as well as to a carpenter for three years, and from 2009 to 2013, he worked closely with leading South African sculptor Wim Botha as his assistant. During this time, he started designing and manufacturing his ceramics and furniture and collaborating with fellow creatives.
Laurie Wiid van Heerden established his studio, Wiid Design, in Cape Town in 2013. Often working collaboratively with other artists and across various materials, Laurie’s product range spans furniture, lighting, tableware, and collectible objects that combine specialist manufacturing with handcrafting.
Laurie Wiid van Heerden creates products and objects that can be seen as the interface between art and design – where materials are transformed into life-enriching durable products. With an extensive portfolio of work for such a young designer van Heerden has won many accolades and has exhibited at Guild, 100% Design, Design Days Dubai, Design Miami and Design Basel.