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25 of the best statement vases for spring blooms

These modern vases will enliven any sideboard, whether they’re bursting with floral colour or displayed as an objet

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Sculptural, stout, tactile or tapered – a vase filled with flowers is an enduring joy. Once firmly second fiddle to the blooms within, the modern vase is now a design object in its own right, interpreted by everyone from top architects to potters of all persuasions. We’ve rounded up 25 of our favourites to treasure or gift.

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1 ‘Stevie’ vase, Marloe Marloe
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Marloe Marloe

With a gloss interior that catches the light and a textured ‘lava’ glaze on the exterior, this vase is a masterclass in subtle understatement. It’s perfect on its own, but if you do add blooms make sure they match its delicate beauty. £240, net-a-porter.com

2 ‘Mellow’ vase, Umzikim
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Monologue London

Don’t be fooled by the seeming simplicity of these colour-blocked vases. The stark contrast in primary hues is achieved by carefully dyeing different sections of carved out acrylic blocks. Choose between a clear option or a blurred one. £159, monologuelondon.com

3 ‘Tuba’ planter with vase, Há Porcelain
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Ha Porcelain

Planter or vase? Why not both, said Sebastian Bergne when he created this hybrid vessel for burgeoning Japanese brand Há Porcelain. The slimmer neck suits a single stem or even a tapered candle. £175, scp.co.uk

4 ‘Canopy’ trio vase set, LSA
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LSA International

Whether you want to propagate or simply display, these three shapely vessels made from recycled glass are the way to do it in style. They were inspired by the Eden Project in Cornwall – a level of green-fingered prowess to aspire to perhaps? £40, lsa-international.com

5 ‘Vetta’ vase, Federica Bubani
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Nisi Living

Italian ceramicist Federica Bubani partnered with paper artist Andrea Merendi to create a range of terracotta vases that come paired with a delicate faux dahlia. Choose from dusty pink, mustard or a spring-fresh minty green. £60, nisiliving.co.uk

6 ‘Ama’ vase, A New Tribe
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A New Tribe

For Bouchra Boudoua whose grandparents were Berber, keeping the traditions of Moroccan pottery alive is an important and personal mission. Painted onto terracotta, the freely drawn markings on these vases are striking. £195, anewtribe.co.uk

7 ‘Ridge’ vase, Muuto
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Designed by Finnish studio Kaksikko and first modelled in paper, this sculptural vase for Muuto feels true to the brand’s understated ethos. The tactile indent helps flowers stay upright and aids portability. £55, muuto.com

8 ‘Bottoms Up’ vase, Hay
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So named for its topsy turvy silhouette, this contemporary favourite still feels perfectly balanced thanks to expertly judged proportions by designer Ingrid Aspen. Its simple form is the perfect foil for punchy colour. £69, hay.dk

9 ‘Strong Nose Face Vase’ by Milo Made
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Not Just A Store

This tribute to all things rhinological is by east London-based potter Milo Made, who has captured a characterful profile in the sparest of lines. Just like their inspiration, no two vases are quite alike. £140, notjustashop.arts.ac.uk

10 ‘Press’ vase, Tom Dixon
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Tom Dixon

‘I’ve always been inspired by thick, industrial pressed glass,’ says British designer Tom Dixon, whose latest collection of vases and bowls is engineered to be practically indestructible. Don’t undervalue the peace of mind. From £55, tomdixon.net

11 ‘Strøm’ vase, Raawii
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Fans of bold colour and form will fall for this vase by Danish designer Nicholai Wiig Hansen. Its simple but effective shape is inspired by the work of the Cubist movement, making it a functional piece with an artistic heritage. £75, matchesfashion.com

12 ‘Vases Découpages’, Vitra
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The raw edges of these colour-contrast vases by French designer brothers Rowan and Erwan Bouroullec suggest a startling tactility – you feel you could almost reach out and work the clay with your hand. £269, vitra.com

13 ‘Les Oiseaux’ vase, Ligne Roset
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Ligne Roset

Elegantly illustrated, the proud beak of this design’s eponymous crow is mirrored by the form of the vase. Designed by Pascal Mourgue, it’s a playful piece with a timeless quality. £129, heals.com

14 ‘Ikeru’ low vase, Fritz Hansen
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Jamie Hayon

‘They almost look like little cities blooming,’ says Fritz Hansen design head Christian Andresen of these unconventional vases by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, which are inspired by the Japanese art of ikebana floristry. Water held in the tray below will keep your arrangement perky. £88, skandium.com

15 ‘Shiva’ vase, Ettore Sottsass
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BD Barcelona

Less suggestive than unashamedly phallic, this 1973 design by Italian titan Ettore Sottsass for BD Barcelona was inspired by the linga icons that symbolised Hindu god Shiva. Perhaps inevitably, it’s now better known as ‘the penis vase’. £223.49, trouva.com

16 ‘Glass Menagerie Lady Vase’, Jonathan Adler
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Jonathan Adler

The spirit of playful potter Jonathan Adler is plain to see in this figurative design, which features pops of colour created by melting recycled glass into recessed pools during the firing process. £415, jonathanadler.com

17 ‘Aura No 1’ vase, Schneid Studio
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Schneid Studio

With its matte finish and chalky colour palette – five different shades are available – this vase has a natural, unpolished appeal. It is sure to make a statement on a mantlepiece or table. Hardly surprising as ‘schneid’ means bold in German. £85, selfridges.com

18 ‘Sweet Treats’ vase, Donna Wilson
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Donna Wilson

With a generous neck for bountiful blooms, this stoneware vase by British designer Donna Wilson is hand-painted with a pleasing composition of colourful shapes, lines and faces. £62, donnawilson.com

19 ‘Alp Vase 505’, Alp Design
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Yeshen Venema

Made up of five stackable components that can be combined or used individually, the ‘505’ vase is 3D printed from designer Annick L Petersen’s north London studio using recycled plastic made from household and commercial waste. £190, alp-design.co.uk

20 ‘Noosa III’ vase, De La Jardin
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Papier mache is one of the hottest materials in design at the moment, and there is no better way to introduce yourself to this eco-minded trend than with this sculptural vase. Bear in mind, it’s not water tight – dried flowers only! £210, glassette.com

21 ‘Aalto’ vase, Iittala
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Is there a starrier vase than Finnish designer Alvar Aalto’s eponymous creation? Launched more than 80 years ago, its fluid, asymmetrical folds – which encourage flowers to fall gently forwards – are as appealing today as they were in 1936. £172, finnishdesignshop.com

22 ‘Colonne 2’ vase, Bitossi
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Avant-garde ceramic design is Bitossi’s trademark, and its collaboration with architecture and design studio Quincoces-Dragò & Partners is typically unique. The ‘Colonne’ vases are constructed from stacked shapes in contrasting finishes. £598, matterofstuff.com

23 ‘#26’ vase, Moïo Studio
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Moïo Studio

Using her signature mixture of wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques, this limited-edition series by Moïo Studio – aka French-Palestinian artist Maia Beyrouti – are finished with a cobalt lava glaze that renders the colour, density and pattern of each one unique. £99, conranshop.co.uk

24 ‘Water Swirl’ vase, Ferm Living
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Ferm Living

Designed to evoke a whirl of cascading water, this coloured glass vase deftly captures a sense of movement. Available in amber, yellow, moss green and smoked grey, it’s one to place in the sun for beautifully filtered light. £155, nest.co.uk

25 ‘Guggenheim’ vase, Design & That
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Design & That

As a piece that wouldn’t look out of place in a gallery, this boldly sculptural vase by London studio-and-store Design & That seems particularly well-named. At certain angles, its central ridge suggests an optical illusion. £98, designandthat.com

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