The Fuji vase has been designed by Netherlands based studio toer for Belgian brand Serax. The piece is only seven centimeters high, yet, thanks to its low center of mass and relatively wide ground surface, it can easily hold a flower up to one meter high. Here is how designers explain their concept: The Fuji vase puts the focus on the flower itself. The porcelain vase serves as a steady base from which the flower can flourish. It draws the attention to the flower’s ability to delicately grow towards the sun. I love the subtle humour of the piece. Named after the highest mountain in Japan, the vase is intentionally tiny comparing to the flower it supports. I also quite like the fact that this shape allows displaying flowers diagonally and thus creating many different effects. The Fuji vase is made of porcelain and comes in six different colours.
Cake is a cutting edge New York City studio pushing the boundaries of apparel and objects. This is certainly the case for Cake’s rather unconventional Anti Vase. Beautifully designed, it comprises solid steel, measures only 3 x 5 inches and is unlike anything ever seen as it questions not only the purpose of a vase but the perception of death. Typically vases hold water to prolong the death of a cut flower, however the Anti Vase accepts the flower’s death and celebrates its beauty. It is an interesting concept, which I am sure you will either really appreciate or not at all. I think the contrast of the black and angular vase against the rose in particular makes for a very powerful composition.
Created by Portuguese and Milan-based product designer Tania da Cruz, this white flower-crowned head is actually an exuberantly fun and surprisingly simple ceramic vase. Tania’s work is influenced by a communicative approach aimed at uncovering the poetic aspects of a project, a philosophy that is very noticeable with the WIG vase. The WIG prototype has been exhibited at the Milan design week in the 2012 & 2013 editions. Objects and designs influenced by the concept of “play” often have such a strong, positive reaction from the audience – I’d love one of these in my home!
French artist Nathalie Dérouet lives and works in Douarnenez, north-western France. From her ceramics workshop, she creates a range of exceptional porcelain pieces, including unique bowls, vases, pots and various containers, all of which embrace open space. Highlighting a few favourites from Dérouet’s many ceramic creations, it’s clear the inspiration behind these pieces are taken from Chinese and Japanese ceramics, countries where refinement and sophistication are present in many everyday objects, reflecting tradition and modernity. It’s the purity and simplicity of these extremely thin designs that appeal to me most. The smooth surfaces and uniqueness of each piece makes for certain wish-listing.
Japanese designer Taku Omura of oodesign has created Ripple, a simple and stunning vase that overturns everything we ever knew about the art of flower arrangement. The piece, made from PET resin, supports a single flower and floats in water. Any vase, dish, glass, pond can be turned into a beautiful sight of drifting blooms. Designer explains: Normally flower decoration is stationary at one place. In this case, the flower floats nonchalantly on the water, changing its position and appearance in accordance with the movement of the air. I love the optic illusion Ripple creates. Flowers appear to be put directly in the water, frozen in time.
Taizo Kuroda’s pure white Ceramics collection is an inspired by-product of his close relationship with fellow Japanese artisans; architect Tadao Ando, designer Issay Miyake and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. They share the same sure discipline and taste in editing out all that is unnecessary. I am in awe, and filled with jealousy, of this association with such a collective muse. Ando describes Taizo Kuroda’s aesthetic, and dedication to pure white, to reflect the colour of his spirit in the unceasing pursuit of truth. I have an immense appreciation for the subtlety of this truth, and the beauty in the un-ornate. I find this bare-ness creates a sense of illumination in the materiality of the ceramic itself. The colour is described as a warm, milky white – something akin to that of Greek island houses seen in the Cycladic light of late afternoon – a magical colour that makes his ceramic wares seem to softly glow. I couldn’t agree more. The Ceramics collection is a fusion of forms that depart radically from the cold, technically perfect, moulded porcelains associated with Arita, Kakiemon and Nadeshima; the result being an almost accident of perfectly fused shapes and sharp considered lines. These embody the beauty...
Recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate Jiwon Choi created a clean and elegant, conical shaped, vase made of Tyvek. Tyvek, by DuPont, is a great material made of nonwoven high-density polyethylene fibers. The material feels a bit like paper but lends itself to a variety of applications because of its characteristics: durable, light-weight, highly breathable and waterproof. The intent of Choi was to create a package for a couple of flowers that would be simple and light but strong enough to stand upright.
Minimal Vase by Ding 3000, designed for the brand Discipline, is an object, stripped to its function. The piece is nothing but a wooden base and a steel thread that supports the flowers. Any cup, glass, jar, cruet or even a test-tube can be used as a water receptacle. Designers explain: How far can we go to reduce a vase without limiting its functionality? Thanks to your favourite glass or cup, Minimal Vase not only turns into fully functional vase but also into a very individual and private object. Minimal Vase is made of ash wood and steel. It comes in black and natural finishes.
Today I would like to highlight the work of Pigeon Toe ceramics studio based in Industrial North Portland, Oregon. Founded four years ago by Lisa Jones, the studio has already gained a following of enthusiasts, who appreciate beauty of a craft and embrace not only the finished product but the story of a maker behind the product as well. Calling themselves a “creative evolution” Pigeon Toe’s refined selection, hand-touch within each piece and genuine passion for the making is obvious by first glance at their site. To see more of the process, watch this video. Pigeon Toeʼs aspiration is simple: to provide mankind with everyday beauty. Highly curated and refined, each piece is culled from skilled hands, trained minds and inspired hearts. Our designs are naturally imperfect, casually irreverent and playfully charming. Each piece is treasured. Beautiful. Authentically hand-crafted. I’m drawn to the simple lines of their collections and appreciate the playful approach to incorporate colors within some. Minimal design with lots of passion and love.
Japanese studio Nendo strikes again: the Block vases are a set of delicate, small and stackable bud vases that form part of the collection of new additions to their 1% products, to be presented in Milan’s Salone del Mobile this coming April. The vases are carefully measured and designed to fit in stackable formations, never disturbing the vase on the bottom. There are four sizes and each can accomodate one flower, but once stacked they can also fit a tall stem through the different combined vases. Only 100 of each vase will be made, as befits the concept of the 1% products. According to Nendo: 100 is the perfect amount: they’re neither one-off “works of art” nor mass-produced products made in the millions. Whether its the skill of the artisans or new technologies, we want to make things that are only possible because there are 100 of them. Not more, not less. To give owners the chance to experience the joy of owing 1%.
Korean product designer Giha Woo is the creator of the Twisted Pencil. The design is a vase comprising of pencils, which form an outline of its shape, albeit appearing as one. The design also conveys aesthetic value with a nuance of amusement by representing the relationship between the pencil structure and utensils stored within it. Available in a range of colours including black, white and blue, Twisted Pencil offers a certain minimal feel in that it is merely a frame, but because of the thickness of the pencils used, that is all it needs to be. Woo explains: In comparison with general products, Twisted Pencil isn’t a vase that can contain a lot more pencils, but it includes new aesthetics and morphological consideration about things. A fun desk accessory, not to be taken too seriously.
Taking inspiration from the game Bou-Toshi, Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi created a series of minimal vases made of sand and resin. The game is simple, the objective is to keep a pole up that’s been placed in a heap of sand. Each player takes turns removing sand until the pole falls. If you cause the pole to fall, you lose. With its primitive element of creation and destruction, this game has been played for centuries. The vases resemble the heap of sand and the flowers placed in a glass tube would be the pole – time stopped with resin. The shape nears collapse, bringing a tension and delicate beauty to the flower.