Buggy bean sketches

Sketches of the design process

Buggy bean how it works

Diagram of 'how it works'

Buggy bean versions

3d renderings of Buggy Bean versions

Buggy Bean

Do you want to grow a plant but you are facing a wall? Grow it on the wall with buggy bean!


80% of the european population lives in cities which lack green areas. It is very common that people live in apartments that do not have their own yards, have limited space, isolated from the natural environment. Buggy Bean is the way to improve the urban environment and make our cities a better place to live.

Buggy Bean is a potting system for climbing plants. By planting we contribute in the development of green areas which is essential. Plants have been shown to absorb pollutants, reduce noise pollution and they are a good indicator of overall ecological health of the ecosystem. Also do you know that studies have shown that vegetation, lower wall surface temperatures by 17 C which leads to a reduction of air conditioners’ use by an average of 50% while climbing plants embellish the exterior walls of buildings in a natural way?

All you need to do is to select your favorite climbing plant and plant it! Since we know that people in today’s cities lead a busy life, Buggy Bean has been designed in order to reduce the need for taking care the plant. Without losing precious time and while you can think of other things, Buggy Bean protects your plant from pets and extreme weather conditions contributing to the longevity of your plant. Also the design of Buggy Bean minimises cleaning time. The shape of the Buggy Bean’s top allows water, dust or any other sort of dirt to smoothly slide over it. Also, the excess water drops straight in the water collection container thus you don’t have dirty standing water, soil and stains of pots any more on your balcony.
Buggy Bean’s design was inspired by the organic form of beans. The initial idea was a physical form which like a bean starts to grow; leaves and blossoms appear around it. This way the pot is also incorporated in the natural environment that we dream to create. We started the design procedure by brainstorming which gave birth to plenty ideas. Sketches, research and 3D models helped us shaped our ideas, make them more concrete, gain a common ground and express our vision to others.

Buggy Bean was designed by Pi cubed design. We are a design team consisting of three passionate designers, Philipos Evangelou, Pigi Lobotesi and Panagiota Tziova, who met in Syros, a greek island, where we all studied together. We shaped this small team and worked in various design projects in Panagiota’s home that became our meeting point and evolved to our creative hideout. Close to the blue sea we sat together and shared words, pictures and dreams with music in the background. The everyday contact brought us closer to creating a different family with smiles, tension, disagreements and the feeling of protection. We like to experiment with different things such as product design, branding, graphic & web design, photography, video editing and packaging. We support each other in every single step and these shared experiences made us see things from different perspectives with an open mind. These things shape our design thinking which is based on the understanding of the user’s and society’s needs, the simplicity and the functionality.

Philipos Evangelou believes that it is important to express our needs, feelings and thoughts and visualise them into graphics, products and dance. He loves working to help people bring their ideas to life through his design skills.
Pigi Lobotesi explores and focuses on the journey of design and creation which leads to the final "product" and destination, yet gives room to a new concept. Through her alternative viewpoint she sees the world as pictures, music and choreographies.
Panagiota Tziova always tries to understand people's needs through secondary research and face to face interaction with others. Her first priority is to make the society a better place to live in with her contributions in practical, user friendly implementations.
Finally, all of them are product and system design engineers by qualification.