Dishy Vase: A Flower Holder with Contemporary Symbolism

by interior designer

in Accessories

Sometimes home accessories have a deeper meaning to them than you originally realise. One good example of this is the Dishy Vase by British designer James Malcolm-Green. It’s a statement piece and doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

Each tier to the ‘pile of crockery’ vase is a representation of the years the UK Department Store Liberty has been in business. The base (plates) symbolises the birth of Liberty in the 1870s with the War World 2 rationing period constructed with soup bowls. The most recent decade at the top the minimalist phases is shown as a simple modernist dish. There are 14 vessels in total for each of the decades.

The witty take on the traditional ceramics industry is typical of a lot of mainstream British designers. Whilst being a statement piece it is also wonderfully useable. A removable glass inner vase runs down the hallowed centre providing ease with which to change and water the flowers placed inside.

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In September 2008, the Dishy Vase went on display at Liberty London as part of the London Design Festival.

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