Safety Vase by Hannah Niskanen-Benady


Safety Vase by Hannah Niskanen-Benady

Kingston University graduate Hannah Niskanen-Benady presented this series of side tables that incorporate knitted containers at graduate show New Designers in London over the weekend.

Safety Vase by Hannah Niskanen-Benady

Niskanen-Benady designed the hallway or bedside tables for stashing small items like keys, coins and jewellery.

Safety Vase by Hannah Niskanen-Benady

A hole in the walnut surface of each Safety Vase table holds the cashmere and merino wool vases, hanging below the table top.

Safety Vase by Hannah Niskanen-Benady

New Designers Part 2 took place from 6 to 9 July.

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Here's some more information from Hannah Niskanen-Benady:

Hallway and Bedside Tables, Cashmere and merino hand knit framed by a solid walnut top and hand turned legs.


Experimenting with hard and soft materials and textures has been the muse for the Safety Vase series. The Safety Vase series empathises with wood and wool's emotional and physical qualities to create a safe hideaway for one's treasures. Knit holds connotations of safety, warmth and softness. Wood is a traditional furniture material that represents strength and longevity. The Safety Vase series explores and celebrates these qualities. It questions current furniture typologies and asks whether the emotional warmth of knit can be introduced to the hard world of wooden furniture.

A safe hideaway for those treasures that have a tendency to be misplaced has been created. The vase like form invites the user to touch and feel the softness of the wool whilst playfully hiding objects away, this furniture series is about experiencing the knit. It poses the question of why cant the first thing you touch when you wake up in the morning or come in from work be soft and comforting.

The knit is framed and contrasted by the hardness of the wood, both the minimal legs and the table top create a frame around the vase without distracting from it.

  • Elizabeth

    I see my watch getting caught on the soft fibers of the wool.

    • alex

      Poor you! So leave it on your wrist then! You'd prefer she'd taken Tyvek? And oh yeah, never put on a woolen jumper and never pet a sheep with a watch on!

      • Carlos JD

        Jeez Alex, maybe cut back on the caffeine or maybe just chill out.

  • michelle

    perfect. my cat would never be able to knock that vase off:)

  • edward e

    fantastic i really like it.i doubt very much your watch would get caught as the knit looks quite large.come on people be nice.its easier to criticise than to come up with a constructive comment.i think it looks great.

  • clarissa

    True It really looks great, i love the granma's look and the techy leg's detail

  • sxxc

    nothing wrong with the idea, a novel use of symmetry with the surface of the table.

    he/she needs to think of construction, those legs are too long to go without a brace/crosspiece.

  • I can imagine enfants terriblé leaving messy little surprises inside the vase, just what you'll need when reaching for the car keys on the way out of the door.

  • sarah

    I like this, its a good idea. Wish the vase was made out of plastic.

  • pompatron

    i saw this at the show, and it feels sooo nice sticking your hand in that wooly crevice. really liked it.