Acclaimed Dutch designer Aldo Bakker designed this simple yet striking “Crystal Vase” for the indisputable crystal world leader. As always, the Austrian firm champions material and texture and has partnered with the best creators for a remarkable first collection. For this vase, Atelier Swarovski combines crystal in subtle shades with either grey marble or pink onyx, whose faceted pieces offer matte and shiny contrasts, bringing a chic edge to any table.
Venetian ceramic manufacture Bosa has designed fine Italian-crafted objects with a sense of humor since the brand’s founding in the 1970’s. Elena Salmistraro, one of Milan’s most prominent young designers, was tapped for the Primates collection, left shown. “Mandrillus”, “Kandti”, and “Brazza” are worthy representatives of all apes in a powerful attempt to remind us of the fragile link between our two species. “The ape is the animal that best evokes man, in the shape of the body, expressions, and movements,” says Salmistraro. With colorful details and fascinating textures, these “Primates” enchant with the great vital force they exude.
When the former Editor-in-Chief of one of France’s most respected design magazine leaves it all behind to launch his own brand, the result is inevitably eagerly awaited. In 2014 Jérôme Aumont left Maison Française to launch his very own “Collection Particulière”, re-enchanting daily objects with his favorite materials– marble, leather, or brass– as interpreted by a curated selection of designers. With the BOS vases (a play the French word bosse, meaning bump) by Christophe Delcourt, the young brand continues to push boundaries. The chicest detail? The brushed brass inserts.
True disruptor to the design industry, the french start-up Designer Box was awarded a Fil Vert Prize at Maison & Objet in January 2017 for its sustainable production model. Each month, an acclaimed designer creates an exclusive product for Designer Box, which is then solely sent to the brand’s subscribers. This mitigates waste from overproduction and overstocking, making Designer Box the first no-waste design company. For Designer Box 39, Austrian designer Louisa Köber has designed “Lily”, a double function vase that can be turned upside-down to become an elegant coin tray perfect for displaying potpourri once the flowers pass.
Founded in 2011 by architect Paloma Canizares, PCM is a Spanish label on a mission to put Spanish designs back on the map. With strong relationships to the country’s traditional craftsman, the brand nonetheless delivers very modern creations. We fell in love with the “Naturelike” collection, including “The Strange Materials From the Space Collection” by Russian design duo Piece of Cake, who use resin to tell the tale of imaginary outer-space materials. Gliese 581g, Kepler 69c, and Kepler 22b are three exo-planets with atmospheric conditions similar to earth, inspiring what looks like geological cuts of mineral rocks– or space detritus– in vase form.
In design as in fashion, the bare evocation of some names are synonymous with perfection and outstanding legacy. Such is the case with crystal manufacturer Saint-Louis. Founded in 1586, this former royal atelier has carefully preserved the traditional craftsmanship of mouth-blown and hand-cut crystal, passing the technique on from generation to generation. This year, French design star Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance delivered his interpretation of this great heritage through the “Folia” collection, which was inspired by the forests surrounding the grounds of the Saint-Louis factory in the region of Moselle, France. Each piece reinterprets the classical shape of leaves with green crystal whose beveled cuts capture and refract light as only crystal can.
Bohemian glassware is a traditional craft of Eastern Europe, earning its letters of patent in the XVIIIth century. The Czech manufacture of Verreum has made its mission to revive this ancient art form, reinventing the making of silvered glass from scratch with the help of modern technologies. Teaming up with the new wave of young European designers, Verreum has created a new language of design for glass. One of its latest creations, designed by star German designer Sebastian Herkner is the Corolle vase, left shown, which plays on opacity and transparency as a means to contrast the wildness of whatever gets placed in it.
8 Incredible Vases For Design Lovers
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s Nuage Collection for Vitra
Editor to some of the XXth century’s greatest masters such as Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Verner Panton, the Swiss brand Vitra is a purist’s favorite. Working with genius brothers/designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec back in 2000, their Nuage family of vases draws inspiration from a recurring formal work of the duo around the shape of clouds. Cast in anodized aluminum, they come in three different sizes and can be assembled to create poetic renderings of cloud formations. Each bearing eight separated cavities, they are perfect for wild flowers and herbal arrangements, as they give flowers just the right amount of space to blossom.