Huy Bui’s Brooklyn Loft Is Like a
Self-Contained Jungle

Huy Bui’s Brooklyn Loft Is Like a Self-Contained Jungle

By Dwell
It’s hardly a surprise that the Plant-in City cofounder lives surrounded by vegetation.

For many New Yorkers, seeing a sapling growing on the street counts as time in nature, but not Huy Bui. The designer/artist who co-created Plant-in City, a stackable-terrarium system made specifically for apartment-dwellers, lives in Brooklyn amid a domestic landscape flourishing with his favorite species. Pots and planters crowd almost every surface of his studio loft, but the centerpiece is a complex network of his own terrariums that also functions as a partition for his sleeping nook. Elsewhere, framed burlap sacks, a former workbench scarred with saw marks, and his mineral collection are on display. Earthiness, it seems, is a motif in both Bui’s work and life. 

New York designer/artist Huy Bui decorated his home with a mishmash of curios, from 19th-century burlap sacks found at an antique fair to a plywood workbench he carved with a Festool plunge saw. The 17-foot-long shelving unit is made of old heart pine fashioned from the beams of a brownstone renovation he worked on in the West Village. 

The dining table is made of a composite of different woods sourced from various projects.

Terrariums from Bui’s own company Plant-in City occupy the corner of the L-shaped apartment, providing privacy for his sleeping nook. 

A leather loveseat and projector are sheltered by the network of terrariums.

Get the Dwell Newsletter

Get carefully curated content filled with inspiring homes from around the world, innovative new products, and the best in modern design.

See a sample