Tokyo designer Dan Tomimatsu has created a vase in which a single flower can be hung upside down.
Called Veil, the product mimics the way dried flowers are traditionally produced by hanging them from the ceiling.
A stainless steel pin with a hexagonal section is pushed through the flower's stem then balanced across the top of the tapered glass tube.
Above photographs are by Takumi Ota.
The inside surface of the glass varies in thickness, intended to create the impression that the flower is under water.
The project was inspired by artwork for the record UNDERCURRENT by Bill Evans & Jim Hall (above), as well as the painting Ophelia by John Everett Millais (below).
Here’s some text from Tomimatsu:
“Veil” is a flower vase to watch the metamorphosis of a flower become dried, and feel the flow of beauty.
This vase gives us time to enjoy feeling the fragile beauty in “Veil”. When people make a dried flower, a flower is usually turned upside down and hang it commonly on the ceiling. Veil uses this simple way to make a dried flower. But the place where it makes is moved the ceiling to easier space to watch the drying process such as a living table. It takes a flower a month to be dried. Then it keeps their frozen beauty until move it over.
This flower vase design is inspired from a famous painting "Ophelia :sir John Everett Millais 1826-96 and a picture which is taken for the record jacket "UNDERCURRENT : Bill Evans & Jim Hall.
The idea of Veil has the same inseparably related concept between beauty of life and meaning of death. Veil may tell a two messages that What people are watching on a flower? and Why people arrange and appreciate it?
Veil consists of two parts, one is a glass vase without bottom, another one is a 0.8mm thin stainless steel needle shaped héxagon (cross section). A glass vase is used a technic, which is glass blowing and molding to create different surface between outside and inside. Outside surface is simply tube shape and slightly tapered. Inside surface is organically waved. It has different wave each Veil. These two surfaces creates a mysterious contrast "drying flower in the water".