New York – Air Bonsai is a new Kickstarter project designed by The Hoshinchu Team in Japan.

This innovative decoration uses a magnetic base to cause a levitating effect. If having a miniature tree was not exceptional enough to sit in your coffee table, this new trend will make them float and even spin around to make it a little more special.

The levitating design, which is very similar to the one used in floating speakers, consists in two different parts, one above the other. The bottom half of the plant is called the energy base, and the top part is the little star, or the floating ball. Each half consists of a magnet that enforces an equal but opposite resistance to one another resulting in the illusion that the top half of the tree is floating in the air.

Image: Air Bonsai
Image: Air Bonsai

But the revolutionary design does not stop there. Depending on your aesthetic tastes, you can ask for slight upgrade or minor changes in the basic design. For instance, the little star part can be replaced with a particularly attractive lava-stone pot. Also, if you have another plant in mind, you can choose a different kit as well, and if you’re feeling classy you can get an exclusive handmade cushion base –by paying $10,000 extra.

Of course, there are a few limitations. For example, you would have to keep the base plugged all times as it requires electricity to function. Another minor problem is the size. Depending on the size of the kit, there would be weight restrictions to how large the plant could grow. Finally, watering is another issue as you can’t do it over the electric base.

Currently, Air Bonsai is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign, with the goal of raising $80,000 to start the project. Up to the moment the team of designers has raised just under $190,000 with 37 days to go and 229 supporters backing the project, but you can back the project for $200 in order to get the “Air Bonsai Basic” set.

Source: The Verge