Bullet planters would probably be the first choice for many mid century modern enthusiasts when adding plants to their homes. The colorful, conical fiberglass bowl nested in a tripod stand adds a finishing touch to any mid century modern inspired spaces. Now, it is obvious that history of the bullet planter dates back to the 1950s, but have you ever wondered its origin? Who designed the bullet planter?
The original bullet planters were manufactured by several different manufacturers in the 1950s including the Kimball Mfg. Corp of San Francisco. However, none of the manufacturers trademarked the design. Thus, the designer had never been identified. Design Within Reach shares a theory that when a man brought home a molded fiberglass conical used as satellite dish his company made, his wife suggested to use it as a planter. Nobody can confirm this story, but it’s interesting.
Today, reproduction bullet planters are available in many colors and three height choices from several different retailers. The bowls are made from durable, compression-molded fiberglass with integral pigment and the tripod stands are made of powder-coated steel. The price varies, usually running from $100 to $150, depending on the height of the stand. If you are looking for a vintage piece, try eBay by entering keywords like “bullet planter,” “tripod planter,” “fiberglass planter”, “retro planter,” “eames era planter,” and “egg planter.” Try alternating “planter” with “plant stand” as well.