Designers at The Hoshinchu Team in Japan named their creation “Air Bonsai.” It consists of the bottom half called the “energy base” and the floating ball – the “little star.” Both halves have magnets installed so that the “little star” could float with the bonsai on top. This Kickstarter project combines together magnetic levitation, plants and traditional Japanese “monozukuri” (craftsmanship).
The base is made of traditional Japanese porcelain and the bonsai can be replaced with any other plant, if you wish. The project has already surpassed its goal of $80,000. You can still back this project here, with $200 enough to land you a basic starter kit.
Because of the import issues of sending plants between countries, US-based backers will be receiving locally-sourced, tiny pine trees, but there’s nothing to stop you floating different tiny plants of your own. Depending on your aesthetic tastes, you can upgrade the “little star” floating orb, with a particularly attractive lava-stone pot at the top of our shopping list. There’s four designs for the “energy base” that maintains the magnetic field.
And if you’re feeling classy to the extent of $10,000 ,then you can get an exclusive handmade cushion, base and Bonsai “star”, as well as a tour of both a Bonsai garden and the workshop behind the project.