ISSUE 6  |  Love in the Afternoon

Design Sleuth: The Must-Have Vase of the Design Cognoscenti

February 13, 2014 2:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Everyone who’s cool has Shiro Kuramata’s red-pink acrylic and glass vase, and to tell you the truth, I’m probably going to feel culturally inferior until it’s on my mantel, table, or bookshelf.

Twentieth-century Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata was a master of lucite, acrylic, and industrial materials, and was known for his Issey Miyake store designs and his furniture for Cappellini in the 1970s. The color of Kuramata’s flower vases is a magnetic hot red acrylic encased in clear glass. I’ve been tracking its appearance in the homes of the design elite (aka the cool girls) for a few years now, and recently finally tracked down a few sources.

Above: The vase teeters on the edge of A Détacher designer Mona Kowalska’s mantel in her Brooklyn townhouse.

Above: Here it is on Christina Kim’s table in the kitchen of Dosa 818, the loft that’s featured in Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

Above: My friend Renee Friedrich, owner of online shop Anaïse, secured the vase by way of a fierce eBay bidding war. Photograph by Renee on her blog, Montmarte

Above: Making an appearance at Tienda M, the Marfa, Texas, shop founded by Marianne Stockebrand (former partner of Donald Judd and former director of the Chinati Foundation). Photograph by Lizzie Garrett Mettler.

Source the larger Vase 1 (shown in all of our photos) and the smaller Vase 2 at Open House, an online project out of Lancashire, England; €2,100 and €900. It can also be found on eBay, at Christie’s auction house, and, if you’re lucky, 1st Dibs.

Have a look at the fetish that preceded this one: A Hot Pink Pillow from an Under-the-Radar Fashion Designer. And for more inspiration, check out our Pink Photo Gallery and Pink board on Pinterest.