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Right at Home: variations on the vase

  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Trinidad Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

    This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Trinidad Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass. The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

  • This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a playful Chalkboard Vase by designer Ricardo Saint-Clair available at momastore.org that features a chalkboard front which can be used for drawings, messages, and more. The top of the bud vase houses a removable glass tube designed to hold water and flowers. Saint-Clair seeks to foster communication and interaction through his designs. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)

    This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a playful Chalkboard Vase by designer Ricardo Saint-Clair available at momastore.org that features a chalkboard front which can be used for drawings, messages, and more. The top of the bud vase houses a removable glass tube designed to hold water and flowers. Saint-Clair seeks to foster communication and interaction through his designs. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)

  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base.  A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)

    This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base. A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)

  • This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a Zouzous vase created by the French design team Charlotte Arnal and Francis Fevre to explore the tension between texture and color in a commonplace object. To make each versatile piece, bristles are snipped in a variety of lengths, giving the classic vase a sculptural form and an unconventional cuddliness. The two stacked elements surround a water-tight container and can be flipped to complement any floral arrangement or aesthetic. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)

    This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a Zouzous vase created by the French design team Charlotte Arnal and Francis Fevre to explore the tension between texture and color in a commonplace object. To make each versatile piece, bristles are snipped in a variety of lengths, giving the classic vase a sculptural form and an unconventional cuddliness. The two stacked elements surround a water-tight container and can be flipped to complement any floral arrangement or aesthetic. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)

  • This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a Minimalist style Big Bloom Vase, designed by Charlie Guda, that features a powerful Fresnel lens which magnifies the flower placed in the vial in front of it. It is available at momastore.org. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)

    This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a Minimalist style Big Bloom Vase, designed by Charlie Guda, that features a powerful Fresnel lens which magnifies the flower placed in the vial in front of it. It is available at momastore.org. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)

  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Hudson 4 Caterpillar glass vase that works well on a long table or window sill. (AP Photo/Chive)

    This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Hudson 4 Caterpillar glass vase that works well on a long table or window sill. (AP Photo/Chive)

  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Nairobi Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

    This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Nairobi Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass. The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

  • This photo provided by Chive shows a Chive Porcelain Bird vase that comes in white, gray, blue and black.  Water is added to the vase through a hole in the back, with an opening in the front for flowers or greenery so it appears that the bird is nestled amongst the flora. (AP Photo/Chive)

    This photo provided by Chive shows a Chive Porcelain Bird vase that comes in white, gray, blue and black. Water is added to the vase through a hole in the back, with an opening in the front for flowers or greenery so it appears that the bird is nestled amongst the flora. (AP Photo/Chive)

  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base.  A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)

    This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base. A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)

  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Agate Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

    This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Agate Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass. The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Porcelain Bird vases that come in white, gray, blue and black.  Water is added to the vase through a hole in the back, with an opening in the front for flowers or greenery so it appears that the bird is nestled amongst the flora. (AP Photo/Chive)

    This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Porcelain Bird vases that come in white, gray, blue and black. Water is added to the vase through a hole in the back, with an opening in the front for flowers or greenery so it appears that the bird is nestled amongst the flora. (AP Photo/Chive)

  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base.  A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)

    This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base. A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)

  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Trinidad Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

    This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Trinidad Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass. The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Trinidad Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)
  • This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a playful Chalkboard Vase by designer Ricardo Saint-Clair available at momastore.org that features a chalkboard front which can be used for drawings, messages, and more. The top of the bud vase houses a removable glass tube designed to hold water and flowers. Saint-Clair seeks to foster communication and interaction through his designs. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)
  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base.  A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)
  • This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a Zouzous vase created by the French design team Charlotte Arnal and Francis Fevre to explore the tension between texture and color in a commonplace object. To make each versatile piece, bristles are snipped in a variety of lengths, giving the classic vase a sculptural form and an unconventional cuddliness. The two stacked elements surround a water-tight container and can be flipped to complement any floral arrangement or aesthetic. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)
  • This photo provided by MoMA Design Store shows a Minimalist style Big Bloom Vase, designed by Charlie Guda, that features a powerful Fresnel lens which magnifies the flower placed in the vial in front of it. It is available at momastore.org. (AP Photo/MoMA Design Store)
  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Hudson 4 Caterpillar glass vase that works well on a long table or window sill. (AP Photo/Chive)
  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Nairobi Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)
  • This photo provided by Chive shows a Chive Porcelain Bird vase that comes in white, gray, blue and black.  Water is added to the vase through a hole in the back, with an opening in the front for flowers or greenery so it appears that the bird is nestled amongst the flora. (AP Photo/Chive)
  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base.  A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)
  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Agate Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)
  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Porcelain Bird vases that come in white, gray, blue and black.  Water is added to the vase through a hole in the back, with an opening in the front for flowers or greenery so it appears that the bird is nestled amongst the flora. (AP Photo/Chive)
  • This photo provided by Chive shows Chive’s Pooley 2 fully glazed ceramic bud vases that come in 8 or 12 vase configurations, and attach to a rectangular base.  A flower can be placed in only one or two, or in the full array – using only one type of bloom or leaf looks particularly striking. The vases, available at Chive.com, come in a wide range of subtle yet saturated hues. (AP Photo/Chive)
  • This photo provided by Macy's shows Waterford’s Evolution Trinidad Collection which features zebra, ocelot and agate designs rendered in glass.  The vase elevates whatever flower or foliage you place within to an artistic level. (AP Photo/Macy's)

We’ve been picking flowers and sticking them in containers for thousands of years.

The early Egyptians did it, as did the Chinese: Feng Shui guidelines for creating harmony in a home suggest placing vases of fresh-cut flowers throughout the dwelling to relieve stress, and increase productivity and creativity. Ikebana, the 600-year-old art of Japanese flower arranging, became a craft of high regard, with a spiritual element.

Today, artisans, designers and even florists continue to dream up interesting new vessels.

New York City-based floral designer Matthew Robbins has created a simple line of vases for Teroforma that takes some of the guesswork out of flower arranging. Each vase — Bud, Cutting, Bouquet, Branch — describes what works best in it, and each is crafted of the same neutral white bisque porcelain, with a subtle yet referential etched motif.

“We wanted to create a line of vases that provided a perfect visual anchor for fresh flowers. Clean shapes and surfaces are wonderful; they keep the focus on the flowers,” says Robbins.

The Museum of Modern Art’s store offered several interesting vases at this spring’s design preview in New York. French design team Charlotte Arnal and Francis Fevre’s Zouzous vase is a polycarbonate receptacle enrobed in a shaggy coat of colorful polypropylene bristles.

Also at the MoMA store, Charlie Guda perches a narrow vial in front of a small yet powerful lens to magnify a single flower. Guda created the Big Bloom vase as homage to 18th century French physician Augustin-Jean Fresnel, who invented a lens to enhance the brightness of lighthouse lanterns and contributed to naval navigation safety. And Ricardo Saint Clair’s playful chalkboard-faced vase gives you a surface to add an image or a message, and comes complete with chalk.

Bliss Home and Design has an array of ceramic vases with textural elements that add drama: The Pompon vase is festooned with white balls; the Sea Sponge is made of layers of glazed clay resembling fronds of ocean sponge, and Monkey Paw is made of dozens of iridescent ceramic blooms.

Toronto-based design outfit Chive has decided to focus solely on selling vases. At the NY Now show in February, their booth was abuzz with buyers placing orders for Pooley 2, a cluster of glazed ceramic bud vases affixed to a slab, as well as the Hudson 4 collection of clear glass vessels in configurations ranging from simple single shapes (such as a hanging egg) to conjoined vases that form caterpillar or bubbles. A porcelain bird vase in gray, white, blue or black seems to rest on the flowers or greenery placed in a receptacle at its feet.

Waterford’s Evolution series has some striking examples of artisanal glasswork. The Menagerie Trinidad vase interprets the markings of a graceful ocelot, while the Nairobi invokes the bold stripes of a zebra. The Agate vase was inspired by the colors and concentric bands of quartz agate.

Ikea’s Socker vase is an enameled steel-and-eucalyptus-handled bucket of diminutive proportions, so flowers displayed in it have the look of a European flower market. Ikaprig is a stoneware cylinder with a homespun aesthetic.

Legacy Comments1

just got my vase from chive, love is an understatement. it is great because you only need to put a couple flowers in it. i also like it with no flowers at all. best vase ever

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