Succulent Porn for Design Lovers

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Wikipedia says that succulents are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. We say they’re the greatest eye candy since Ryan Gosling. OK, that’s pushing it. But, really, could there be an easier way to add a touch of graphic, quirky charm to any space?

Succulents and their most notable family member, the cactus, have been a fixture on the design circuit for as long as the Eames Eiffel Chair has been around. Winning hearts and minds of designers the world over, the succulent embodies the Modernist movement’s overarching belief that form follows function. A timeless testament to the lasting value of the organic form stripped of all unnecessary ornament, here’s our guide to living with the best looking, utilitarian plants in the world.

Let us know in the comments what has you Yelping your friendly neighborhood garden center.

Image credit: Elly Yap

Image credit: Richard Powers for Interiors Magazine

Image credit: Richard Powers for Interiors Magazine

Image credit: Missoni Home Cactus Garden via designboom

Image credit: Stephen Eichhorn, “Nine (IV)”, 2010

Image credit: Steve Soria’s living room by Nancy Neil via Design Sponge

Image credit: Shannon Gerard, Plants You Can’t Kill

Image credit: Maurizio Zucchi’s living room for IDEAT Magazine via the189

Image credit: Katie Goldman MacDonald, Kiwi Terrarium

Image credit: Josh and Diana Perrin’s bedroom by Josh Perrin via Design Sponge

Image credit: Andrea Ferrari, Casa Talia in Modica, Sicily

Image credit: Johanne Burke’s Brooklyn aloe vera by Grace Villamil via Freunde von Freunden

Image credit: Steve Soria’s fireplace by Nancy Neil via Design Sponge

Image credit: Felipe Morozini’s living room by Fran Parente via Freunde von Freunden

Image credit: Grow your own cacti collection in glow-in-the-dark pods by Nexus Gadgets

Image credit: Elly Yap

Image credit: Emma Cooper

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Image credit: Eric Owen Moss, Potted Cactus Canopy

Image credit: Nick DeWolf Photo Archive, Aspen Wintersköl Parade, 1981