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.
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. (teroforma.com)
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.
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. (macys.com)
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. (ikea.com)
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