Stylish Ceramic and Lacquer Vases for Flower Ikebanas

Ikebana: The Spiritual Art of Living Flowers

Stylish Ceramic and Lacquer Vases for Flower Ikebanas

Ikebana: The Spiritual Art of Living Flowers
The words forming Ikebana, comes from the Japanese words “Ikeru”(to live) and “Hana” (flowers).  As a result, the word ikebana carries the meaning of “giving life to flowers”.  Beautifully named, the art of Ikebana is not merely the art of flower arrangement, but as its name suggests, Ikebana has a deeper spiritual, moral, and social significance.  It is as much an aesthetic pursuit as a spiritual one, where one learns to slow down to take in a deeper appreciation of the beauty in nature.  Seen in this light, Ikebana is not simply an art form that is a vehicle for free expression, but it is also one of graceful and elegant discipline.  When practicing Ikebana, so many traditional art forms, one is both given the free reign to create and express, as well as limited by the formula and guideline that stems from a long historical tradition.  These rules and limitations both inform and enrich the efforts of modern day practitioners of Ikebana. Origin and History The origin of Ikebana is closely related to the spread of Buddhism in Japan in the sixth and seventh century.  Buddhism reached Japan from Mainland China around 538 A.D.  It quickly became adopted and adapted into all areas of Japanese life, from belief system to lifestyle, to culture and the arts. The origin of Ikebana came from the practice of offering flowers at a Buddhist altar.  In the thirteenth and fourteenth century, when Buddhism became wide spread among the common people of Japan, it was common to have an architectural alcove in homes.  Known as tokonoma, these alcoves were originally used to hang Buddhist scrolls and for the placing of offertory flowers. Overtime, however, tokonoma became less associated with religion and more identified as a decorative fixture.  Instead of Buddhist scrolls, paintings and calligraphic scrolls replaced the Buddhist scrolls.  Antiques and decorative items began to occupy the tokonoma.  Eventually, these alcoves lost its originally religious association.  As a result, even the flower arrangements in these alcoves developed into an art form and were no longer linked to religion.  Tokonoma then became associated as a place to display works of art and began to be considered as the “center of the house”.  The seasonal appeal of the flower arrangement in Tokonoma began to take on significance and the goal of the flower arrangements ultimately became one in which the pleasure of guests were taken into consideration. Practicing Ikebana The art of Ikebana, un the Western art of flower arrangement, does not focus on the collection and arrangement of colorful blossoms, instead, it focuses on other less utilized plant parts such as the stems and leaves.  Ikebana emphasizes the overall shape, line and form of the arrangement. A minimalistic aesthetic is also often employed in an Ikebana arrangement where a minimal number of blooms are used to create simple, yet elegant designs.  Following the geometric shape of a triangle, Ikebana arrangement usually features three main points, usually symbolizing:  heavens, earth, and man, or: sun, moon, and earth. Because the practice of Ikebana includes a spiritual aspect, the practitioners of Ikebana are required to observe silence during the Ikebana arrangement, as it is meant to be a way for one to become more aware of the beauties in nature that is often overlooked in our busy lives.  Through Ikebana, one also feels closer to nature and learns to become more patient and tolerant of differences.  It is also said that Ikebana provides relaxation for the mind, body and soul. Schools and Styles of Ikebana Today, there are over 20 schools in Ikebana, each of them teaches their students the art of Ikebana with their own emphasis and employs a variety of different Ikebana styles.  It is believed that the oldest school of Ikebana is the school of Ikenobo, which dates back more than 500 years.  The origin of the Ikenobo school of Ikebana started with a priest from the Rokkakudo temple in Kyoto, Japan.  He was said to be so skilled in flower arrangement that priests would travel from far and wide to receive instructions from him.  Because he lived by a lake, the name “Ikeno bo” which is the Japanese name for “lake” became associated with this priest. Throughout the history of Ikebana, styles of arrangement also became to develop and evolve.  In the following section, you will find out more about a few of the prominent Ikebana styles. Rikka Established in the Muromachi period in the 15th century, the Rikka style is considered the foundation of Ikebana, from which other styles developed.  It is one of the oldest styles and is generally thought of as the most formal of the Ikebana styles. Classical Rikka Ikebana arrangements follow strict rules which determine the overall form of the arrangement.  Using special techniques such as wiring, rikka arrangement usually has nine main stems.  They are known as yakueda. In the Rikka style, the vases used are commonly 20 to 30cm in height and each yakueda has a specific function and point of departure from an imagined line that runs through the center of the arrangement. The length, position and length of each yakueda responds to and supports other yukedas to create an overall harmonious arrangement.  In an ideal Rikka arrangement, the stems should achieve the visual effect of a single clean vertical lines rising from the center of the kenzan (the pin holder which holds stems and arrangement in place).  This effect is known as Mizugiwa, which translates into the “water’s edge”.  Shoka Shoka style Ikebana arrangements are said to look the simplest, but are in actual fact, the most difficult of all Ikebana styles.  The shoka style emphasizes the life energy of plants and celebrates the beauty of natural materials.  In order to master a shoka arrangement, the arranger should have a good understanding of the way the plants they choose to use grow in nature, such as their environment and characteristics. In the shoka style, one looks at what is known in Japanese as “shussho”, or the particular characteristics of a plant species to determine the arrangement. In this style, the vase is more than a mere container for the arrangement, it symbolizes the source of life.  Generally, vases are symmetrical in shape and opens at the top.  Leaner and narrower vases are favored in this style. Freestyle The most recently developed style, freestyle stresses individual expression and creativity and hence is the least restrictive of the various Ikebana styles.  Freestyle Ikebana arrangements leave it up to the arranger’s imagination to determine the materials to be used in the arrangement.  The possibility in freestyle Ikebana is so wide that arrangers may even choose to use a wide range of materials, even non-plant materials in their arrangements. Other commonly used materials in freestyle Ikebana arrangements include paper crafts and dried plant parts.  A variety of techniques are employed in creating freestyle Ikebana designs, from wiring, to modifying leaves by cutting and trimming.  Although freestyle stresses individual expression and creativity, careful consideration for the material’s form, texture, surface area, focal point and desired mass is still required. Moribana The simplest style of Ikebana, moribana is best suited for beginners.  Moribana literally means “piling up flowers” is a style that creates voluminous arrangements that can be viewed and appreciated from three sides.  Containers used for the moribana style is usually wide mouthed and shallower than those used for other styles.   The three yakuedas in moribana style are known as: Shin, Soe and Tai, representing heaven, earth, human.  Arrangers can choose to create their moribana style using sub-styles of: upright, slanting or cascading, each of which creates a unique effect, and utilizes different forms for interesting aesthetics. Nageire A style very similar to moribana which emphasizes natural beauty, nageire Ikebana arrangements are usually long stems that are placed in tall and narrow vases without using kenzan (the pinholder).   Creating lean graceful forms, nageire arrangements are also formed by three main yakuedas—Shin, Soe and Tai.  Each stem follows a set formula for measurement.  The basic nageire arrangement uses the leaning style, but more advance practitioners also employ the sub-styles of upright, slanting, cascading in ways similar to the moribana styles. Ikebana All Year RoundWith spring in the air and beautiful blossoms abound, it is the perfect time to try your hand at this delicate craft of Ikebana.  Take a stroll at your local farmers’ and flower market and hunt for unique and charming specimens to create your very own Ikebana arrangement.  Bring a piece of nature’s beauty into your own home and use the traditional art of Ikebana to add an elegant and graceful touch to the spaces in live and work in. OUR 2012 NEWSLETTERS Ikebana:  The Spiritual Art of Living FlowersMrs. Lin’s Kitchen’s Guide to Celebrating the Lunar New Year NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES2012201120102009 20082007 2006 2005 2004 2003 20022001


Bud vases Modern flower vases Japanese traditional crafts

Stylish Ceramic and Lacquer Vases for Flower Ikebanas

Are you looking for stylish bud vases?
A single flower in your garden, or cute flowers you find at a passing flower shop, every flower looks more beautiful in a bud vase.

There are all sorts of bud vases. We cannot help collecting cute bud vases. Small vases do not take much room. In addition, just a bud vase itself can be a stylish interior item.

With a single flower or plant in a bud vase, any kind of rooms become stylish such as entrance hall, living room kitchen, or office. Gerbera daisy, rose, sweet pea, plum…Let’s arrange flowers in season in your favorite place!

When you have guests, a stylish bud vase and a single flower welcomes guests gently. You can entertain them in more stylish way.

In this page, we would to introduce stylish bud vases for flower vase collectors or those who looking for the ultimate flower vase.
Please enjoy seasonal colors and flavors in your room.

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  1. an artwork! Metal bud vases

    If you would to arrange a single flower gorgeously, how about metal vases? Japan Design Store offers brass and tin bud vases.

    Metal vases seem rare, but they are elegant, beautiful, and useful.
    The metal vases are handmade by traditional craftsmen. The masterpiece makes flowers look more elegant. Any kind of flowers look more beautiful with simple bud vases.

    Shiny bud vases provide accent in your interior coordinate.

    1. [Nousaku] Sorori

      Sorori looks an interior item in a gallery or high-class hotel. If we mention the “stylish bud vase”, we state Sorori from Nousaku as the first. Superb line makes beautiful form of this flower vase. The surface is finished with hair-line. The handed over skill of craftsmen in Nousaku produce the elegant gloss. Calm and elegant sheen of Sorori makes plants look more beautiful.

      In addition to use as bud vase, you can use it as an art object under the light.
      We have 2 colors, gold or silver, and 2 sizes, S or L.

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    2. [syouryu] Suzugami Japan Design Store original Flower vase set

      We would to introduce Suzugami from syouryu as a stylish bud vase. Suzugami has been popular as a flexible tin plate. In fact, suzugami can be used as a bud vase with an idea.

      You can make the Suzugami flower vase easily! Roll a cylinder glass up with Suzugami, and arrange flowers. That’s it!
      We recommend 13cm or 18cm Suzugami for the bud vases.

      The gloss of tin and unique pattern of pounding by hammer (Tsuchime in Japanese) provides sophisticated atmosphere. Japan Design Store makes this Suzugami flower vase set with Shot glass of Kimura Glass and suzugami. This set has been popular as gifts, too.
      See more detail from “Cute & stylish! Flower vase set of Suzugami”.

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    3. [Nousaku] Flower vase “suzu”

      If you unique bud vase and items of Nousaku, we also recommend this. This is tin flower vase “suzu.” The bud vases have great presence as art object.
      The motif of this bud vase is fruits. 3 different fruits “fig” “apple” and “pear” become unique vase. Since they are made of tin, they have elegant and high-class atmosphere.

      The greatest feature of tin vases is the effect to keep cut flowers last longer. Ionization effect of tin restrains propagation of bacteria in water. The ends of stems become hard to get damage. You do not need life-prolonging agent.
      Please enjoy your favorite flowers with stylish bud vases.

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  2. Attractive design! Ceramic bud vases

    As the stylish bud vases, we recommend ceramic flower vases as well. We can see many ceramic flower vases. However, the ceramic bud vases in our store have fascinates people with extraordinary design and high quality. The ceramic vases make flowers look stand out with their simple design. Also, the unique presence makes room stylish. Which do you prefer our 2 ceramic bud vases?

    1. [Ceramic Japan] still green

      This is worldwide popular item! “Still green” from ceramic japan. This unique vase has got great popularity in the world of design in New York. Only astonishing skill can produce this unique bud vase. They are cute and stylish. Since the vases have beautiful white color, let’s arrange colorful flowers.

      Still green has 3 sizes. Each size has different design. You can get 1 each, or set of 2 or 3.

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    2. [1616/arita japan] Flower vase

      Flower vase of 1616/arita japan can be used as stylish bud vase. S&B series of 1616/arita japan is characterized by their modern and stylish design. It is a modern architecture. Stylish flower vase can be put everywhere in your house; entrance hall, kitchen, living room, or bedroom.

      Since this flower vase has big mouth, you can arrange a flower bouquet. However, just a single flower suits the modern vase as well. Even without flowers, you can enjoy the vase as an art object.
      There are 2 sizes, L and S.

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What flowers do you arrange in the bud vases? In spring, tulips, sweet peas, carnations, ranunculus, or gypsophila. In summer, sunflowers, or hydrangea. In autumn, chrysanthemums or cosmos.

In winter, narcissus, or camellia.

With bud vases, you can enjoy seasonal flowers easily. Or, if you can get early flowers in flower shop, you can enjoy a season earlier in your house.

Also, you can enjoy bud vases in different ways for each season. For example, cool color flowers provide us cool atmosphere in hot summer.

Or, powerful and beautiful flower such as a spray of plum cheers us up in cold winter.

With bud vases and seasonal flowers, you can enjoy careful and comfortable life.

Even if you do not arrange flowers usually, let’s arrange flowers for an auspicious day. For the New Year’s Day or someone’s birthday, stylish bud vases work.

To provide a special atmosphere, we recommend adding Oshiki for a stylish bud vase.
You do not need to learn difficult flower coordinate or arrangement. Just arrange flowers in bud vase, and put it on Oshiki. That makes a stylish coordinate.

If you would to provide gorgeous atmosphere, put a few bud vases on an Oshiki.
Especially when you have guests, the combination of bud vase × Oshiki is perfect!

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Beautiful flowers are indispensable for stylish interior coordinate. How about stylish flower bowl or large vase? If you look for flower bowl or large flower vase, we also recommend this page. Please find the best flower bowls or vases for you.

Beautiful bud vases would be wonderful presents as well. How about sending a special bud vase for your dearest person?

Bud vases make your life richer and calmer.
Stylish bud vases can be unique interior item while you do not arrange any flowers. If you are too busy to care flowers, you can arrange dry flowers.

Stylish bud vases would be great housewarming gifts or wedding gifts. Also, flower lovers get happy with stylish vases for your birthday.
In addition, vases would be suitable for the Mother’s Day gift, Father’s Day gift, or Christmas presents.

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  • * All the products are handmade by traditional craftsmen. Please enjoy different individualities of each product.

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For the bulk order more than 20 items, we can personalize your items with the name of your company, school, or with logomarks. If you plan to order corporate gifts or keepsake gifts, please contact us from “Contact us.” * Personalize gift needs service fee. The fee depends on items.

* Personalize service is not available for some products. Please feel free to ask us.

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Kado – The Way of Flower Arranging

Stylish Ceramic and Lacquer Vases for Flower Ikebanas

While flower arrangement for many people in the West consists of symmetrically arranging flowering plants in a vase, Japanese Ikebana (literally ‘flowers kept alive’) is a lot more complex. There are many schools, of which the most popular are Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ohara. There are also different styles depending on the school and the plants and vase used.

Rikka style, Ikenobo School

Moribana style, Ohara school

Ikenobo is the oldest school of ikebana, founded by Buddhist priest Ikenobo Senkei in the 15th century. He is thought to have created the rikka (standing flowers) style.

This style was developed as a Buddhist expression of the beauty of nature, with seven branches representing hills, waterfalls, valleys and so on arranged in a formalized way. The present 45th-generation head of the school is Ikenobo Sen’ei.

The school is based in the Rokkakudo temple in Kyoto, believed to have been started by Prince Shotoku. Among the priests and aristocrats, this style became more and more formalized until, in the late 17th century, the growing merchant class developed a simpler style, called seikaor shoka.

Shoka uses only three main branches, known as ten (heaven), chi (earth) and jin (man) and is designed to show the beauty of the plant itself. Another old form of ikebana is nageire, used in the tea ceremony.

The first of the modern schools was formed when Ohara Unshin broke from the Ikenobo school in the late 19th century. The Ohara school generally uses moribana (piled-up flowers) in a shallow, flat container.

The school was started at a time when Western culture was heavily influential in Japan and the moribana style made good use of Western plants. But it was still a formal style.

Influence from the artistic movements of the early 20th century led to the development of jiyuka (free-style) arrangement. Despite all the changes, ikebana was still only for the upper class.

In the 1930’s and then more so in the postwar period, interest in ikebana became much more widespread. Ikebana schools opened which attracted people of all social classes.

During the occupation, many wives of US servicemen took up the art and later helped it spread abroad.

Led by Teshigahara Sofu, founder in 1927 of the Sogetsu school, zen-eibana or avant-garde ikebana introduced all kinds of new materials, such as plastic, plaster and steel.

Today, there are about 3,000 ikebana schools in Japan and thousands more around the world. The Ikenobo school alone has some 60,000 teachers worldwide. Ikebana is practised by about 15 million people in Japan, mostly young women.

Ikebana can be roughly divided into two styles – the moribana shallow vase style and the nageire tall vase style. The Sogetsu school uses a series of kakei (patterns) for each style so that even the beginner can quickly create their own arrangements. As an example, let’s look at the moribana Basic Upright style.


Kakeizu for the arrangement shown on the left
The photo shows the frontal view as in the illustration.

The shushi are the three main branches – the shin (truth) branch, the soe (supporting) branch and the hikae (moderating) branch. The arrangement of these branches and the kenzan or spiked metal holder are drawn in a simple diagram, called a kakeizu.

The kakeizu shows a frontal and overhead view of the arrangement. After examining the kakeizu, suitable branches or flowers are chosen for the shushi and trimmed if necessary. The stems are cut to correct lengths according to set formula.

The kenzan is placed in the vase and just covered with water. The sushi are fixed to the kenzan in order and according to the kakeizu. Jushi or short supplementary stems are added to support the shushi and give depth to the arrangement.

Finally, the composition is examined and any finishing touches applied.

Ikebana Museum

I had the pleasure of having a lesson with Sensei Masui Ryotoku who is the 33rd monk of a Nichiren temple in Kyoto. The temple itself has been in existence for over 580 years. She is a student of  the Shogetsu school of flower arranging. She lives at the temple with her mother who was 87 years old at the time and a master calligrapher. I am very grateful for the time spent with them.


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Stylish Ceramic and Lacquer Vases for Flower Ikebanas

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Modern Flower Vases: 24 Decorative Designs, Ideas and Arrangements

Stylish Ceramic and Lacquer Vases for Flower Ikebanas

A flower vase may be one of the most exploited design objects in the world – every modern designer has designed a flower vase, and everyone thinks that anything can be a vase … still, some design ideas are just so much better than the others. We’ve put together a great selection of some of the coolest modern flower vase designs … Sources: Corriere Della Serra, The Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid.

Wall Hanging Flower Vase

These beautiful wall vessels designed by Florence Doleac and dubbed ‘XLS’ only simulate bended copper tubes but are actually made from copper glazed ceramic. XLS is a wall hanging vase composed of 3 tubes hanging on leather straps, and makes an unforgettable decorative arrangement with this wild grass bouquet.

Clamp Vase and Surrealist Vase

With its unusual but practical clamp design, the decorative idea behind the Borderline vase by Adrien Rovero (left) helps bringing flowers to places where they are least expected … a workshop, and is as modern as it gets. A surrealist idea by Vedovamazzei produced the Reset vase (right). The white ceramic Reset has two holes that can be crossed by a single long-stemmed flower – a perfect arrangement for a red rose!

Upside-down Pot Vase and Flat Pot Vase

Distorting the usual ideas about the use of this simple household item, the next two modern vase designs make great art a common flower pot. The Qualcuno flower vase in red clay (left), by Denis Santachiara, needs no words to describe it.

Another decorative idea by Florence Doleac, the Lolo vase (right) is a flat ceramic pot that can even be hanged on the wall, changing the perspective of a classic pot design.

As poeticized by designer, it’s the “Wall vase seeks lonely flower” arrangement.

Surf Vase and Vivarium Vase

The Surfvase design (left) by Marti Guixe uses a vase in an uncommon fashion – the modern arrangement is created by ‘decorating’ the surface of a vase with flowers and hemp ropes that circle through 32 hollow handles. Dubbed “Terrarist”, the unusual black flower vase (right) uses glazed ceramic to simulate the building of a vivarium, as according to designer Hugo Meert.

Black and White Half Vases

This interesting design idea by Linde Burkhardt enables creation of multiple flower vase arrangements. Each “Tre Per Due” (or “Three for Two”) modern vase is divided into two halves that are held together by a cap. The resulting pairs of white and black ceramic halves can be uniquely arranged to fit your own taste.

Spiral Terracotta Vase

Designer Paolo Ulian made these clever terracotta vases by rolling a single sheet of clay on itself. The sculptural Rosae vase can hold a flower bouquet in the center while the lateral spaces are perfect for a single flower.

Symbolic Vase and Convenient Vase

Inspired by a Roman cultural symbol, the wheel of the chariot, designer Luca Vitone continues his “yet it moves” motif in a vase … The wheel-shaped cut-out on this black ceramic Eppur Si Muove vase (left) reminds us of a flower.

Alexis Georgacopoulos combines art with practicality in his “Duet” vase design (right). Duet is conveniently equipped with a perforated lid, to contain a single flower. To get more room for a full bouquet of flowers, simply remove the lid and hang it on the spout.

Now the decorative blue lid becomes a part of the arrangement.

Ikebana Vase

The Planet B ceramic vase design by Pekka Harni draws ideas from the Japanese art of flower arranging Ikebana and futuristic form of a spaceship.

Flower Vases as Buildings

Designed by Nobuhiro Sato, these vases look buildings in miniature and are made of concrete. Buy it at

Bunch Vase

The vase Bunch, designed by Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italy, is reminiscent of a bunch of stems of flowers gathered in a bouquet. This Japanese-inspired ceramic vase is available in white and black and is great for Ikebana- stylized arrangements. Buy it at

Egg Vases

Inspired by an egg and latex condoms, these modern flower vases by Marcel Wenders are made from porcelain. Available in three shapes and in different sizes. Buy it at

Bandage Vases

“Taped” vases by Piek Bergmans make an interesting visualization of a spherical shape. Strips of white porcelain are wrapped around to form a tight bandage, with flowers placed in the gaps. Buy it at

Triple Vase

Designed for Alessi by Hani Rashid, the decorative Trianta vase with three joined vessels allows for unusual ideas for flower arrangements. Made of fine china, it’s available in white or green. Buy it at

DIY Vase, sort of

The VaseMaker vase, designed by Ron Gilad, “dissects the classic vase into its two functional elements: support for the flower and a container for the water that sustains it.

VaseMaker is a ‘half-function’ object which is designed and redesigned each time it is placed upon a vessel and leaves space for the imagination and for the participation of the user.

” It adapts to any container, from the glass crystal to the empty bottle. Buy it at

Cardboard Vase? Not Really

Amazingly, these are ceramic vases, they only look cardboard. The “Cardboard Vases” by Paolo Ulian are made in ceramic. “Their shape is the result of manual modeling of tubular corrugated cardboard that is usually used to pack bottles and jars.” Don’t they look elastic and deformable? Buy it at

Adaptable Vase

Designed by studio Vij5, FlexVaas is a practical and functional vase thanks to its changeable tops. Differently sized tops help adapting to every type of flower. Buy it at

Decorative Flower Vases

Made by Portuguese company Vista Alegre, the Royal Actual porcelain vases are distinguished by unique decorative details: tangled vines that serve as handles and elegant floral patterns accented in gold. Buy it at

Shaped Vases

A clever idea of merging multiple geometric shapes into one irregular form produced these unique vase designs. Envisioned by Pieke Bergmans, the Reunion porcelain vases create a strong visual impact. Buy them at

Stack Up Vase

A really cool and artful design by Christian Giopato, the Hula Hoop vase is made up of series of stackable disks, hiding inside an empty wine bottle. Changing the positions of the disks changes the appearance of the vase. Stack them up half way and you got a winecooler for a not-so-empty wine bottle. Buy it at

Water Pipe Vases

French designer FX Ballery has collaborated with Domeau & Peres to create the entertaining Pretty Vases Collection of ultra modern vases. Made of PVC plumbing pipes, the lacquered vases are available in a wide range of glossy colors. Buy them at

Three-dimensional Vases

Inspired by folded designs of Origami, the Surface vases by Achim Haigis bring a three-dimensional effect to your decor. These multifaceted objects are innovative art pieces completed in porcelain, and several can be ensembled to create unusual arrangements. Buy them at

Metal Tube Flower Vase

A Marti Guixe design for Alessi, Tube is a shiny, tube-shaped metal vase that can hold one or more flowers.

Orgy Vase

Dubbed “Fiorisutra”, this unusual vase by Maria Elena Martinez Fayo and Tomas Ortiz Ferrer is supposed to remind us about love … literally. Buy it at

Rubber Vase

This rubber vase by designer Henriette Melchiorsen is fun. Funky and stylish, it comes in multitude of colors and is totally “kid- and clutz-proof”. Fold the neck to make a different vase. Buy it at