Expressive vases to brighten your space this winter

Shop our edit of graphic vases to elevate those winter blossoms; from impressive vessels and characterful centrepieces to desktop delights. Fill them with love!

Expressive vases from Rosenthal
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Shop our edit of expressive vases from the world's leading creatives past and present, from Ettore Sotsass' graphic treatment to Jaime Hayon's latest creation. Fill them with the season's most explosive blooms, or keep them as they come, to add some colour and geometry to your interiors.


Mini Vases by Rosenthal

Mini Vases by Rosenthal

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Rosenthal has released a collection of twelve mini vases in unglazed porcelain, featuring an eclectic variety of shapes and with a range of colours that reflects the German porcelain brand's chromatic capabilities. The miniature vases measure between 8-11 centimetres and interpret larger Rosenthal designs, such as Cédric Ragot's 'Fast' vase, an 'interpretation of social change in the digital age', or Martin Hirth's 'Node' piece. 

€35, available from

Momento vases by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition

Vase by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition

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Jaime Hayon's Momento collection for Danish design brand &Tradition combines the Spanish artist and designer's signature bold curves and well-defined aesthetics with a wholesome approach to the experiencing domestic spaces. The collection includes candle-holders, a pitcher that nods to modernist design codes and a duo of vases, whose rounded forms are reminiscent of Hayon's artworks. Available in two shapes and colours - the JH40 in Cream, pictured above, and the JH41 in Emerald green - chosen for the way they complement floral forms and hues.

£107, available from Nordicnest

Bump Vases by Tom Dixon

Vases made of green, black and clear borosilicate by Tom Dixon

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These vases are part of Tom Dixon’s latest collection of accessories, including glassware and his portable lamps debut. Made of borosilicate (a material normally used in chemistry labs for its strength, shock resistance and optical clarity), the vases feature a sophisticated jade green hue combined with clear glass and glossy black, and are defined by Dixon’s approach to geometrical symmetry. The three vases can be used on both sides, to better experiment with floral compositions.  

From £75.00,

Atelier Pierre Culot x Sophie Dries vases collection

Vase by Sophie Dries

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French architect Sophie dries pays homage to the late ceramicist and sculptor Pierre Culot (1938-2011) in this collection of vases. Upon his death, the Belgian artist's studio has become a creative residence for artists and designers to explore and experiment with ceramics. Dries' pieces combine the rational shapes that have defined her work to date with Culot's signature glazes, combining a delicate, precise form with a raw finish in black, white, green and terracotta. 

‘Folkifunki Duck' vase, Vista Alegre

the Folkifunki collection by Vista Alegre

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Playfulness meets functionality in this characterful duo. Created by Portuguese porcelain manufacturer Vista Alegre, the Folkifunki collection was conceived by Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, and is inspired by elements of Portuguese folklore. Each piece of decorative porcelain tableware is painted with a colourful artwork inspired by animals, plants, masks or images.

£377, available from Farfetch

‘Flower' vase, Nuove Forme

Flowers collection by Nuove Forme

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Nuove Forme is a pottery brand that leans on the cultural and artistic legacy of Italian ceramicist Alvino Bagni (1919-2000). As the 1970s-inspired Flowers collection embodies, the brand is defined by a production process that combines both hand-won skills and forward-thinking technicality, with glazing, decoration, cooking and packaging all completed on-site, in-house. Featuring a complex surface design created by hand using liquid wax and coloured glazes, the vase is brought to life by a black patina that has been applied after firing to impart a unique effect that enhances the floral stylisation.

£501, available from Farfetch

‘Bridge' vase, XLBoom

Bridge collection by XLBloom

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Antwerp-based XLBloom is dedicated to creating quality objects that will last. Suited to holding a simple duet of stems in its symmetric openings, this minimal vessel designed by Italian designer Mario Alessiani is formed from a sturdy, folded metal tube. Match it with other sized items in the Bridge collection to create a network of arches across your surface.

£105.49, available via Trouva

‘Gardenias Vase', BD Barcelona

an outdoor collection by BD Barcelona

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Take flower arranging into the garden with this terracotta vase from Spanish brand BD Barcelona, suited to the outdoors. Sturdy, weather-proof and full of character, this 0.5 metre tall vase is designed to complement an outdoor furniture collection of the same name.

£397, available from Pamono

‘Fortress Castle' vase, Bohinc Studio

Fortress vases by Slovenian designer Lara Bohinc

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Slovenian designer Lara Bohinc looks to the octagonal towers of Croatia's Diocletian Palace for inspiration for her Fortress vases. Interlocking hexagonal blocks embrace each other in a complex and geometric interpretation of the towers, resulting in an angular shape-play. The ceramic vase is coated in vibrant red, and – along with the three other shapes from the series (the bronze iteration is also of note) – was handcrafted in a small Italian artisanal workshop.

£1068.80, available from 1stDibs

‘Rips' pot, Poltrona Frau

textural Poltrona Frau vessel by Swedish designer Carina Seth Andersson

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Fill this textural Poltrona Frau vessel with stems, or leave it be as a standalone object; it has the gravitas for both. Venetian master craftsmen work to form the symmetrical, simple and sculpted edges of the Rips pot, decorated with a rich motif of diagonal lines. Swedish designer Carina Seth Andersson's typically purposeful creation bears her signature at its base.

£1042.44, available from 1stDibs

‘Rocchetto' vase, Bitossi Ceramiche

black and white Rocchetto vase by Ettore Sottsass Jr

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Italian master Ettore Sottsass Jr created this piece for renowned manufacturer Bitossi. Made in Tuscany using the company’s time-honoured techniques in ceramic production, the black and white Rocchetto vase bears its designer’s signature bold colours, graphic contrasts and geometric shapes.

£729.71, available from 1stDibs

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