Gnee is brimming with creative metalworkers but they rarely take on small projects, so it’s often hard to find affordable metal planters with a modern aesthetic and clean lines.
If you have a large-scale, sophisticated project to tackle, check out the gorgeous planters manufactured of anodyzed aluminum or steel by a local metal shop like Flux Design. But if you’re just looking for a couple of planters, an off-the-shelf solution is probably your best bet.
Yet buying cheap metal planters can be a mistake: when poorly welded, they can bust at the seams as the plants grow. If they aren’t thick or strong enough, the sides bulge or bow when filled with soil and plants. The larger the planter, the more critical these issues become. A large mass of soil puts a lot of pressure on the sides of a flat-sided planter. And the larger the tree and root mass, the more of a hassle it is to replant if something goes wrong.
Design Within Reach carries beautiful, large modern planters manufactured by the New York company Gnee in two finishes: ever-popular corten steel or a glossy black, powder-coated aluminum. The planters have clean lines and come in three styles: the Thornton tapered planter, the Arena square planter and the Arena rectangular planter (basically, a trough). Prices range from $293 for smaller planters to $445 for the largest and are shipped in one, pre-assembled piece. Shipping is about $25-50 per pot to ship (comes to about 8% of the cost of the pot).