Distilled Nature by BCXSY



Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto of Eindhoven-based design studio BCXSY have created a collection of vases to support cut flowers once they have dried out.


Made from wire mesh and coated in rubber, the vases are part of a series of work entitled Forever.


"We've noticed that we always keep flowers long after they've dried out," explain the designers. "However, when they reach this stage they don't look nice in a normal vase any more and even start to smell.


"What we've created is a supportive skeleton-like centerpiece which lets the flowers' beauty last forever."


Photographs by Sheri Avraham.


Here's some text about the project, written by Salem van der Swaagh:


How long is an eternity? How does one quantify the unquantifiable? What is the span of one day compared with endless time and space?


BCXSY is pleased to present FOREVER! – a collection of uniquely individual and materially rich products that explores how the function, aesthetics, and emotions of design can help to define the indefinable.


In an era of mass production and haste, BCXSY slows down and takes a closer look at what it means to last FOREVER!


DESTILLED NATURE – A Vase for Dead Flowers
The beauty of a flower does not die when its petals have wilted and its leaves have begun to wither.


When water no longer sustains cut flowers, the ghost-like silhouette of DESTILLED NATURE creates a unique centerpiece for faded beauty.


Delicately hand-crafted from rubber-coated wire mesh, DESTILLED NATURE asks the question, “Can beauty last forever?”


Posted on Saturday July 5th 2008 at 12:00 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • zuy

    A Vase for Dead Flowers? is design dead too?

  • se_cris

    :) congrats!
    First time l’ve met you Boaz, you came out with the little diamond into my eyes, as l could see you doubled, but in perspective…lol. Nice introduction that l will always remember! ;) Now your name jumped into my eyes by the title of the design news feeds l have…lol. Very good improvement. ;)
    Nice to see you again!

  • I love the design, It’s a great idea. I think dried lavender or rosemary would look and smell nice in the vases. As a former green designer and feng shui consultant, I’m not sure how the dried flowers would affect the energy of the space. I think it would be fine for a certain amount of time. I’d love the idea of the vase with an ability to add water just at the bottom to give the flowers alive. I love this blog. Thanks for sharing. Cheryl Janis, writer of Planet Pink n’ Green – http://www.planetpinkngreen.com , Twitter: PPnG

  • nifty!

  • jed_

    ““However, when they reach this stage they don’t look nice in a normal vase any more””

    i can assure you they don’t look nice in this one either.

  • zuy

    filo di ferro vases …is that new ?… design is not ONLY story telling

  • zuy

    the story telling is not new too: for Baccarat vase in the 90’s Philippe Starck said Vase is a cemetery for dead flowers….

  • zuy

    sorry Starck vases was manufactured by Daum not by Baccarat…in 1998… it’s the last one by Baccarat following success in interior design black lighting and glass…

  • Bozo

    More landfill

  • rebecca

    This whole dutch-belgian trend of looking to the past and pretending to run medieval artisan guild, is starting to run its course-

    This vase is like a weird hybrid of StudioLibertiny’s honneycomb vases (minus the interesting, system-based process) plus a little “KiKi van whatever her name is” for the wax emblems, and the over all vibe of StudioJob for the classic feel and blunt geometry.. Sorry does that sound too mean?
    Design is hard- but come on…

  • beckham

    the skeleton of the vase is like the coffin for the dead flowers.. the image of the 2 objects put together seem to make sense.. almost a little goth.. but its at least rather interesting..

  • zuy

    No Rebecca the whole dutch-belgian trend of not looking to the past … some are in present and some in future but it could be the same…