Vases have played a critical role in the home since the dawn of time. Once depicted on the walls of caves and as the subjects of still life, our never-ending infatuation has progressed to such a point that there are Instagram accounts solely dedicated to chic-looking vessels of all shapes and sizes.

Whether used as a functional holder for freshly cut florals or worshiped as a standalone sculpture, vases can be a testing ground for forward-thinking ideas. Think of this decorative object not as another throwaway accent, but as a chance for a trial run; an opportunity to try a new trend before committing to a big-ticket item.

Here are 15 vases that capture a few noteworthy trends we’re loving right now.


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Totem Talk

Totem-inspired decor is only just beginning to take the design world by storm. Embrace this emblematic movement by showcasing a freshly cut bunch in any of these three bulky vessels.

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Funfair Vase, Normann Copenhagen ($95)
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The joy of journeying through a fun house captured in the form of a tubular black-and-white vase.

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Bendum Vase, Ferm Living ($89.64)
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Scandinavia’s current obsession with heavy stoneware blossoms to new heights with a dark marble vase fit for a bouquet.

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Bump Vase, Tom Dixon ($80)
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Much like the laboratory apparatus that inspired its transparent, conical design, Tom Dixon’s stout vase are a fresh investigation of this stackable trend.


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Light as Paper

Deceiving by nature, the point of these elegant illusions is to trick the senses. Ceramics or origami? You decide.

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Paper Vase, MoMA ($9.95)
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Wispy florals as light as the vessel that holds them will look especially stunning in this water-resistant paper vase.

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Paper Vase in Pattern, Poketo ($20)
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This color-blocked vessel brings together elements of traditional Mediterranean ceramics minus the kiln. When else have you ever been able to say that your vase was sewn by hand?

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Large Pink Fluted Vase, Change & Co. ($105)
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Every delicate fold and crease of this pale pink number gives the impression that it was craftily folded from paper. But never fear, as this rock-hard pot won’t blow away with the breeze.


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Prismic Perfection

Refractive surfaces and acute angles are teaming up to create spectacular showcases in optical design. Add a holographic touch to a lackluster vignette with any of these lessons in geometry.

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Prism Vase, Another Human (Price upon request)
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Armed with not one but two sprouting necks, the chances you’ll wow your plant-loving friends are doubled.

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Toy – Vase by Guillaume Delvigne, Matter (Price upon request)
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The addition of 3-D printing transports this blown-glass vase into the digital era. Don’t let its reflective bottom fool you—this statement vase is as tall as it looks.

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Fortress Castle Vase, Bohinc Studio ($1735)
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A Tetris-worthy vase crafted from red-hot hexagonal blocks.


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Reimagined Artifacts

Forget shopping vintage: Nods to brutalism and ancient history are slowly replacing our longtime obsession with mid-century modern. Reminiscent of the imagined ruins they appear to be sourced from, here are three contemporary pieces that pay homage to the earliest ceramics.

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Ulma Vase, Uxiii (Price upon request)
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A mix of Ticul clay and limestone sourced from Yucatán give this unglazed vase its natural quality.

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White Relief Vase, The Future Perfect (Price upon request)
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Transform your living room into a museum-approved gallery with a poetic vessel by Matthias Kaiser.

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Saucer Vase by Bari Ziperstein, Coming Soon ($650)
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While the cobalt blue pot’s standard shape might seem familiar, there’s something undeniably futuristic about its additional rope exterior.


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Bud Vase, Year & Day ($38)
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A streamlined vessel as smooth and silky as this will make you want to take up pottery lessons stat.

Stone-Cold Fusions

Soft and hard make for the ultimate juxtaposition in design. What better way to get your feet wet with contrast than with a cluster of melded vessels that blur and blend the line between art and object?

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Holi – I, Hava Paris ($363)
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A mouth-blown glass bubble introduces a sense of grace to the rock-hard platform below.

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FUSION Vase, Ferreol Babin (Price upon request)
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This irregular, molten base of this jet-black vase is not easily identifiable—and that’s exactly the point.


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Excavation Vase, Wang & Soderstrom (Price upon request)
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Directly inspired by archaeology, Wang and Soderstrom’s molded vases take a 21st-century approach to ceramic design with 3-D-printed bud vases.

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