Veil by Dan Tomimatsu


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".

Posted on Monday January 18th 2010 at 7:03 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    Why upside down? Just do die faster? To looks cooler? Just because it’s different?

    Well… it’s not cool to die faster; it’s not cool either; it’s not cool to be “different” just because. Maybe on a first year graduate it might be… or not.

    By the way, projects/images should talk for themselves. If I didn’t read your explanation I wouldn’t get what you wanted to with this project.

    Sorry for being so pushy, yet things have to be said and the comment box is here for something. Right?

  • paulinux

    …’a picture which is taken for the record jacket “UNDERCURRENT : Bill Evans & Jim Hall’…

    To give proper credit to the beautiful picture, it was taken by Toni Frissell (from Harper’s Bazaar) on Dec. 1947 at the Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida and was pretty popular before that record was released.

  • Ko!

    I like it!! Beautiful!! But I cant see three of pics…..

  • ko!

    I kile it! Beautiful!! But cant see pics…

  • pacificbro

    Design is a solution to a problem that is accessible to even the simplest mind. Art is pushing the boundaries. This is neither.

  • Coran560

    Turning a flower upside down is a very traditional way to make a dried flower.
    It doesn’t matter if there is deep cocept behind.
    Just I love it as a simple vase to make dried flower.
    Good work and very smart!!!

  • Ellen

    In response to modular, I don’t think the flower is upside down just to be arbitrary. When you dry flowers: that’s how you do it. Upside down. If someone wants to preserve a flower by drying it, why not let the whole process be beautiful (instead of just hanging it in the corner)? Show off the flower WHILE it’s drying and not just when it’s done.

    I think that if you had any experience with drying flowers this would not seem overly abstract or difficult to comprehend. I understood the use immediately without reading the description. The Ophelia reference I would not have known on my own, but that is how design inspiration works. A literal translation is not necessary for good design, but use is. And I think this clearly shows it’s use.

  • starving


    ellen shut you down.

    i agree 100%. beautiful project, love the ophelia reference

  • ile

    If you dry flowers upside down, flowers maintain brighter colors instead of turning black.

  • modular

    Starving… “shut me down”?

    Good design doesn’t need to be explained, and like someone said: this is not design and it also failed in ‘being’ art.

    I don’t really care if your expectations towards someone else’s work are low too.

  • ss_sk

    Basically all I see is a plain glass vase with a tiny (detachable?) metallic string on top that can hold a flower. So instead of referring to it as a ‘new product’ maybe we should call it a ‘new method’.

    Now, if they had found a way to show the flower floating on air…that would be a neat trick!

  • Fine.tod

    I hope people read all comments above.
    After comments of Ellen n Ile,
    it says this vase is clearly product design in point of solution
    problem and also way of making our life better.
    this design needn’t to be regarded as art, could be…


    you should try to make a dried flower once, and
    you will know what it is for.

    I wanna see a drying flower,it is very difficult to observe it on
    ceiling in fact.

    Excellent work!

  • iain

    i do think this is a great way of showing the whole process, rather then just the end product as we do in most items today.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Aside from techniques of drying flowers, all one has to do is find a pint glass of questionable quality, a straight pin, and you have the same thing. I don’t think this solution has solved a problem.

    The Emperor’s New Clothes indeed.

  • murmur

    i feel the fragile ambience of dying and the essence of time
    impressive work.

  • Naomi

    This is so great product. I love the surface! I like to observe the metamorphosis of flowers. Almost of them has no long life, so why don’t we enjoy to see them and give them longer life, rather than just throw them out??
    It’s always good to hear what aritsts got in their mind when they were making, how they got inspired from.

  • Catherine

    Excellent work!
    I agree with the concept behind in extending the life of the flower and capture the beauty of its whole living process.
    Good job Dan. I would love to get one. ^^