Richard is just attempting to create something that represents the balance between nature and mankind, no big deal. How’d that pursuit take hold? Growing up on the enchanted island of Puerto Rico, he used to hang back with his father and grandfather in the garden while the other kids went out to play. As he grew older, he began to collect unusual plant species. In need of some planters that would display and compliment his collection—and not finding any that were up to snuff—he began to build his own. After being plucked from the island in 2007 to make a life with his significant other in LA, his business of handcrafted vessels, carefully planted with succulents to create a unique oasis, began to grow. Like, literally.