Curious Vase by
Mianne de Vries

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Curious Vase by Mianne de Vries

Don't worry if you smash this vase by Dutch designer Mianne de Vries – a back-up vase is waiting inside.

Curious Vase by Mianne de Vries

Between two and four differently shaped vases are fitted inside each other to create each Curious Vase.

Curious Vase by Mianne de Vries

"The only way to discover what is inside is to destroy the vase," says de Vries. "But if you destroy the vase to find out what's in it, there is no turning back."

Curious Vase by Mianne de Vries

De Vries recently graduated from the Graphics and Product Design course at Utrecht School of the Arts.

Curious Vase by Mianne de Vries

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  • Guy

    Are these stupid or cool? I really can’t tell. It seems to me that the interesting thing is the moulding and casting… how does the designer use the (presumably) slip moulds to encase each vase within each other or is there some other construction method?

  • Paul

    In my opinion there are two very different ideas mixed up:

    1. “Don’t worry if you smash this vase (…) – a back-up vase is waiting inside.”

    2. “The only way to discover what is inside is to destroy the vase.”

  • Paul

    BTW: How are they fabricated?

  • Charlie

    Hands up all the people walking around the house armed with curiosity and a hammer on a regular basis!

  • Bonzo

    @paul

    Just add ”vase” in the second sentence, and everything is ok.

    1. “Don’t worry if you smash this vase (…) – a back-up vase is waiting inside.”

    2. “The only way to discover what ”vase” is inside is to destroy the vase.”

    And probably a very time consuming process.

    Making a cast and cutting it in half, paste it around a smaller vase to form the new layer. I think you have to bake every layer, so the inner vase was in the oven 4 times.