Receiving flowers is always a pleasure. Searching for the right vase to put them in? Not so much. We all have something in plain white or glass (or a jam jar when really in a fix) which is fine for that bunch picked up from the garage on the way home from work. But a statement floral tribute demands a vase to mirror the sentiment i.e. something a bit more special. The latest move in vases is towards graphic designs and patterns that are a match for the blowsy bouquets florists are specialising in these days. And the most on-trend ones are adorned with faces. Eyes, noses, smiles... From Picasso-inspired brush strokes to surrealist sculptures and illustrated paper – the latest trend for faces on vases has artistic flair by the bucket load. Gorgeous for updating your home, or as a lovely gift for your mum, these six favourite designs are not just useful, they've also very now.
Bet you didn't think there was much point to a paper vase but the gorgeous Janus Paper Vase (opens in new tab)is waterproof so it's both useful and striking. Use this eye-catching vase to adorn your desk or dining table, or as an original gift.
This bold painterly lines of this gorgeousMadam Stoltz Stoneware Vase (opens in new tab)looks like it might have been created by Picasso himself. Its monochrome palette lends a little authority, however, saying 'I'm fun, but take me seriously too!'
JUST ONE LOOK
It's no lie to say Fornasetti was more than a little obsessed with Lina Cavalieri’s face, reproducing it on everyday objects such as plates and trays (opens in new tab)that blended painterly flair, homeware, humour and elegance. This gorgeous double sided lidded vase (opens in new tab) is no exception.
Thisfamily of three ceramic vases (opens in new tab)with embossed faces is perfect for popping on a shelf and styling with individual stems or bunches of gathered wild flowers.
ART AND CRAFT MOVEMENT
This Visage Face Vase (opens in new tab) by Laurence Leenaert for LRNCE has a handmade, arty vibe – like something you may have picked up from a gallery shop on your holiday.Designed and hand-painted by Leenaert in her small riad at the centre of Marrakesh’s medina, each abstract vase in this collection at The Conran Shop has a slightly different design, making each one unique.
In true Jonathan Adler style, the reversibleMr. & Mrs. Muse Vase (opens in new tab)is simple, sculptural and classic.Inspired by his fascination with Salvador Dali and Misia, this hand-sculpted vase has a moustache on one side, and is full-lipped on the other.
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Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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