I recently splurged on a case study planter from Modernica and today I’m answering an FAQ: is the Modernica case study planter worth the price?
At the time of purchase it was $189 USD, which is about $250 Canadian but at least the shipping was free! Because I live on a part of Lake Superior that is close to the US/Canadian border, I have access to a US address for parcels, which makes shopping online a lot easier because I can have things shipped within the States or Canada. When the dust settled, I paid around $282 CAD for my planter after the exchange/taxes. But I saved $100 by ordering direct from Modernica because to order from a Canadian retailer is about $384 CAD.
So, what possessed me to drop nearly $300 on a planter?
Truthfully, I’d been lusting after the case study planters from Modernica for awhile, but the price was too steep for me – even though I have been very happy with the two side shell stools and trio of bubble lights I’d purchased from them. The stools and lights are functional pieces that see daily use, while a planter seemed like a bit of an indulgence. I ultimately decided that I didn’t deserve one because I’m terrible to plants.
But I recently inherited some very precious plants. You already saw me caring for the orchids by making over a plant stand, so they can bask in the perfect light, and then spending major bucks on fancy orchid pots. I also inherited a snake plant and so I used my sentimental plant as a handy justification to buy something I’d long lusted after!! I’d seen some really great DIY case study knock-off tutorials, but I really liked the actual ceramic planter Modernica sells. The walnut frame would be easy to duplicate, but not the pot (Kim and Scott, from Yellow Brick Home, had a tough time finding a large, cylindrical pot for their cool, globe-turned-plant stand project).
So was the Modernica case study planter worth the price?
Ultimately, that’s totally up for debate, but I will say that, personally – I think that yes: Modernica case study planter worth the price. I’ve been really thrilled with the quality of the bubble light and side shell stools we purchased. Happily, this planter is what I expected too. The structure of the base is very simple (the legs just slide together for assembly), but the walnut is beautiful – no stain can hold a candle to genuine walnut. The ceramic pot is very substantial and it was flawless when it arrived. The case study planter looks and feels like a nice quality piece so I’m very happy.
UPDATE (2019): I have since bought another large case study planter for a different room) and added a small tabletop version to my plant collection so I am still very happy with the quality and style of these planters! They still look totally brand new and – surprise! – the snake plant is hanging on to dear life too.
I read about some plants dying in the case study planters, but I suspect that might have something to do with a lack of drainage so I filled the bottom with large rocks before adding my soil and re-potting the snake plant. Hopefully that helps keep the roots from getting soggy, but I’ll also take care not to over water this fella. After hauling rocks from the shore and completing the messy task of re-potting, I read about someone using packing peanuts, which seems infinitely lighter and easier (but is it good for plants to have that synthetic material near them?). I’m not sure which method is better, but if you have any tips I’m all ears!
P.S. To save money, you can also purchase an “open box” case study planter – here’s a link to one.