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23 of the best statement vases

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

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Fritz Hansen

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 23 of our favourites to treasure or gift.

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1 ‘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

2 ‘Vetta’ vase by 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

3 ‘Tall Block Sgraffito vase’, The Conran Shop
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The Conran Shop

This shapely stoneware vase is decorated by hand using a sgraffito technique, which involves scratching off layers from the finished product to reveal the contrasting colour beneath. £150, conranshop.co.uk

4 ‘Pink Bottle Vase’ by Sophie Alda
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FLYG.irl

Handmade and painted by ceramicist Sophie Alda in her Bristol studio, this matt pink vase is contrasted by a brilliant hit of cobalt blue. The exterior tone will team well with almost anything you might like to fill it with. £50, anewtribe.co.uk

5 ‘Ridge’ vase, Muuto
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Muuto

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

6 ‘Bottoms Up’ vase, HAY
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HAY

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

7 ‘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

8 ‘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

9 ‘Shiva’ vase by 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

10 ‘Vases Découpages’, Vitra
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Vitra

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

11 ‘Love Handles’ vase by Anissa Kermiche
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Anissa Kermiche

If Anissa Kermiche’s ‘Love Handles’ design can’t claim sole credit for kicking off our collective obsession with boobs, bums and all the body parts in between, it will surely be its lasting legacy. A much-imitated modern classic. £340, conranshop.co.uk

12 ‘Buée’ vases, Ligne Roset
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Ligne Roset

With silhouettes that feel almost architectural, this top-heavy trio by German designer Martin Hirth are an homage to the skill of artisanal glassblowers. Each piece has an opaque finish and – naturally – is mouth blown. £100, heals.com

13 ‘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. £109, fritzhansen.com

14 'Swirl' small vase, Tom Dixon
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Tom Dixon

Part of the 'Swirl' family of vases, candleholders, bookends and tables, this marble vessel is no lightweight. Reassuringly substantial in the hand, it has a luxurious feel but a sense of fun, too. £325, tomdixon.net

15 ‘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. £395, jonathanadler.com

16 ‘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. £390, alp-design.co.uk

17 ‘W&S Chubby’ vase, HAY
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HAY

Irregular forms have a spontaneity that lends them to the joyful informality of flowers. Squint and this olive green glazed vase by Danish duo Wang & Söderström could be the sinuous stem of a plant. £65, libertylondon.com

18 ‘Aalto’ vase, Iittala
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Iittala

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. £161, finnishdesignshop.com

19 ‘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

20 ‘Colonne 2’ vase, Bitossi
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Bitossi

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

21 #26 Vase by 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

22 ‘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

23 ‘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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