MEMPHIS was a Milan-based collective of young furniture and product designers led by the veteran Ettore Sottsass. After its 1981 debut, Memphis dominated the early 1980s design scene with its post-modernist style. (via designmuseum)
I can’t hold back on my designer vase fetish, so here we go: ‘Euphrates’ and ‘Nilo’ vases by Ettore Sottsass in 1983. They are part of the three ‘rivers’ vases designed for Memphis (‘Tigris’ is the third, but I really only need these two.)
‘Euphrates’ looks a bit like stacked dishes and ‘Nilo’, well, the pink ball in the middle did me in. Such good objets. All things considered, I need some Memphis Milano at my place, I wouldn’t limit myself to porcelain. I know, I know, you got to be careful with the 80ties look, but if you sprinkle one or two pieces around your apartment or house it’s a stone winner (as Mariah would say).
For a Memphis/Milano overkill, have a look at this flickr stream. Stunning.
And here is a shopping link to lots of MM items still in production.
The next one is the carrot vase designed by Nathalie du Pasquier for Memphis Milano in 1984. Just want to put some carrots in thurr.
Went to a store where they carry the egg vases today. Turned out they did not have the egg vase I wanted, so it had to be ordered. But they gave me the moooi catalogue. Here is one page of it. I have to bring this look back.
Egg Geisha based on Egg Vase
I’m becoming such a domestic queen. For days now I have done research on vases. Once I start, I can’t stop. I seem to find more and more beautiful vases. And more and more, they are becoming objets (pronounced super French & gay) to me.
Caution: I rarely get a sticker shock but please look closely before you send me one of those vases as a prezzie. Don’t say I haven’t warned you.
All three vases below are designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi. He’s also art director and co-founder of the company. Mr. Wanders was one of the first designers for droog.
Ok, this one is a no brainer. Bunched up eggs as a vase. So good. Apparently, the design process involved stuffing latex rubber condoms with hard-boiled eggs to come up with the shapes. A little nasty stuffing always sounds good to me.
There are 3 sizes available, small, medium, large. I like the medium best, it’s the one where the eggs reach up to the top. I have already ordered mine. Seriously.
The egg vases also come in limited editions in chrome or gold. However, I love the white ones.
The two vases above are from the Marcel Wanders Delft Blue collection. These two objets are my favourites, but you can surprise me with any MW Delft Blue item. Here, the golden eggs are wonderful. And the blue blobs on the last vase? Stunning. Who needs to put flowers in the vase anyways?
The two vases are produced and decorated at Royal Delft, a Dutch company dating back to 1653 and the original producers of the exquisite Delft Blue ceramics. The vases are reinterpreting and revitalizing Delft Blue and the old Dutch craft using new ideas for shapes and decoration.
“Das ist Bauhaus.” said the lady when I put the vase in front of her at the cash register of the KPM store. I have had an eye or two on this piece of porcelain for ages.
The Vase Halle was designed in 1931 by Marguerite Friedlaender. Ms Friedlaender had gotten her Bauhaus Master Potter designation in 1926, when left the school, and moved to, you guessed it, Halle.
I recommend to put another favourite product of mine on the vase: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Lip Tar. Looks extra good in hot pink (they call it anime). You do not only want to drink out of the vase – you want to lick it all day.