While exquisite, refined clothes are its calling card, The Row is increasingly garnering attention for its impeccably curated, art- and design-furnished stores, in London, New York and LA (with highlights often popping up on its Instagram feed). 

Now, co-founders Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are expanding their obsession for design objects with a line of ceramic planters, made in collaboration with the landscape designer Grace Fuller Marroquín. The trio had already been friends for years when the idea was hatched; a mutual appreciation of each other’s creative process helped the collaboration flow. 

Planters on pink stairs
A selection of ceramic planters by Grace Fuller Marroquín for The Row, inspired by traditional ornamental piñas (pineapple) pottery from the Michoacán region in Mexico   

‘I often feel as though landscape design in the residential setting needs to continue and be unified within the house. For me, there’s a constant search to find the right vessels and planters,’ says Fuller Marroquín, who intends the ceramic vessels to be used inside. A former Vogue fashion editor and W magazine accessories editor, she left her fashion career behind in 2018 after completing a degree in landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Horticulture, inspired by her mother, an artist and avid gardener. 

Colourful textured pot with plant
One of the planters by Grace Fuller Marroquín for The Row

Although based in New York, Fuller Marroquín spends a lot of time in Mexico with her family. I’m constantly in awe and inspired by the master crafts of the country. Years ago when I first saw the piñas, I immediately was drawn to them. They are traditionally ornamental pieces; however, I wanted to take a different spin for their use with plants,’ she says. Fuller Marroquín worked with skilled potters in Tangancícuaro, two hours’ drive to the south-east of Guadalajara, where handcrafted ceramics have a long history.

Sun-dried, hand-kneaded clay made was worked into 20 intricately crafted pots, from small to large scale, and tabletop to floor standing. Painted in colours that reflect the surroundings where they were made – deep green, rich brown, glossy black – each vessel was then fired in a wood-burning stove and finished with a custom glaze.

The planters will be available to purchase from The Row stores in New York and Los Angeles from 6 May 2022.§