The Plant a Bloomer range is the creation of designer Rani Deshpande. Prior to establishing her design studio Rani worked in graphics, gift design and publishing. In 2004, she created the invitations for her own wedding, and this inspired her to establish Rani Deshpande Unique Creations, a design service offering contemporary personalised invitations and gifts.
For one of her first clients, Rani designed a paper flower embedded with seeds; a memento to give guests at their wedding. Created from a unique seed paper made from recycled materials, when ‘planted’ the flower would break down into the soil — and the seeds germinate to produce seedlings! The plantable flower proved hugely popular and soon became much sought-after as a memorable and environmentally friendly wedding favour.
In 2009 Rani launched ‘Plant a Heart’ for Valentine’s Day, the very first design in the Little Bloomers range. Recommended in numerous publications and shortlisted for eco-friendly Gift of the Year, Little Bloomers were an instant hit and continue to be a best-seller today. More recently, Pop-up Bloomers plantable Christmas decorations were short-listed for eco-friendly Gift of the Year 2010 and Rani’s latest creation, plantable table mats and coasters were launched in June 2010.
Rani’s work is inspired by her passion for colour, texture and style. She takes pleasure in working with everyday materials to create unique products that delight and surprise. The Plant a Bloomer range is available via notonthehighstreet and is also stocked by Harvey Nichols department stores as well as independent gift shops and galleries nationwide and in Europe.