Pinterest Mondays: Cacti Coasters

Scandanavian design, bold shapes and cactuses - these new Cacti coasters from Clive Roddy bring together some of my all time favourite things!

Most striking and unique about these clever little coasters is there dual-purpose. Described as “the perfect companion for your coffee table”, each set comprises of a small terracotta pot and six green discs. When not being used to protect surfaces, the discs can either be stored inside the small pot or assembled to create a faux-cacti decorative ornament.

A popular trend can become like an overplayed song on the radio – tired and uninspiring. A clever and graphic twist such as this however is like a remix, birthing new life into an old idea and freshening up an entire genre.

The cacti coasters are a far cry from actual succulents, teetering on the edge of the trend but managing to stay just within it’s realms. Where much of the trend has sought to bring a touch of rusticity and organic charm to an interior, these present a graphic and clean addition. However, the playfulness of the design – derived from the multitude of outcomes possible and humorous overall concept – and quality organic materials keep the feeling of earthy freedom you can expect from any cacti-addition.

Clive Roddy, the designer behind these puzzling pieces, lives and works in a small rural town near Bath and has been an avid maker for more than a decade. There is a certain Scandanavian quality to much of Clive’s work, with a focus on simple, functional design being met with a determination to breath light-hearted fun into everything he creates.

Clive says he is happiest when creating and you can tell by his results – especially this latest addition to his rapidly expanding collection. Functional, fun and fuss-free, the Cacti Coasters embody Scandinavian style and spread Clive’s joy of creation everywhere they go.


Posted on Nov 16th, 15 by

Greg McIndoe - also known as Headless Greg - is an illustrator and design writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He regularly writes for design magazines and online platforms, interviewing fellow illustrators and leading creatives.

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