Reclaiming Detroit One Terrarium at a Time

Image compliments of Lead Head Glass

Image compliments of Lead Head Glass

In the push to reclaim the city of Detroit, Lead Head Glass is reusing window glass and lumber from deconstructed homes to make beautiful, architectural terrariums. These expertly handcrafted terrariums are breathing new life into materials that have defined the motor city for years. Derek Smiertka and Chad Ackley exemplify the renewal of what has always made Detroit an inspiring American city. They took an idea – making a beautiful terrarium – paired it with ingenuity by using reclaimed materials from the city of Detroit and achieved an amazing result.

Lead Head Glass’ Terrariums are based on 19th century Wardian Cases, which were used to move exotic plants from place to place. Each is made to order and can include custom features in addition to the array of beautiful designs that are featured on their website. Lead Head Glass’ design aesthetic is a perfect pairing of old and new – the terrariums pay homage to the Wardian Cases upon which they are based, but their geometric designs make them contemporary pieces of art.

With the addition of pebbles, potting soil and some succulents, these terrariums become tiny indoor gardens that require only the occasional watering – maybe once every other month – to keep them thriving.

Sitting at the cross section of architecture, sustainability and art, Lead Head Glass succeeds on every level. They are creating a beautiful, sustainable and practical product that’s perfect for any home. The small-scale gardens truly liven up any space.


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