Kristine Five Melvær's Liv vases encircle flowers with a glass hood

Flowers are framed within the sliced spherical tops of these glass vases by Norwegian designer Kristine Five Melvær (+ slideshow).

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

Kristine Five Melvær chose mouth-blown clear and blue glass to make her Liv series of vessels for Norwegian manufacturer Magnor Glassverk, which launched at the brand's showroom yesterday.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

"[The transparent glass] gives the flowers light, and the user a full view of the content, while at the same time defining the space around it," said Melvær, who has also designed lanterns that comprise one coloured glass bubble sat within another.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

In four of the vase designs, openings for the flora are created by removing sections of the spherical tops at an angle.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

The remaining glass forms a hood around the single plant it displays, framing it within the circle. This shape also helps to hold up the top-heavy flowers.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

"The flowers or light get their own defined space, emphasising them as the focal point, and giving them extra value," Melvær said.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

The thinner bases supporting the bowls come in various heights to accommodate different lengths of stems.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

These "lantern" designs are also available in cobalt blue glass, which the designer says makes "light within it appear like the moon on a dark night sky".

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

Two of the designs borrow shapes from vessels in Melvær's collection of bulbous Graphic Vases, launched last year. The first has a thin lower portion and a much wider upper section, allowing the plants to spread out higher up.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

"The shape and size of the vase makes it reminiscent of a large tree that towers over the other vases, an association that is underlined by the organic shapes of the entire series," Melvær said.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

In contrast to the other top heavy designs in the collection, the final vase has a wide bottom that abruptly narrows into a long thin neck.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

"It can for example accommodate a handful of wildflowers on the windowsill or a single wild rose on the nightstand," said Melvær.

Liv vases by Kristine Five Melvær for Magnor Glassverk

Melvær's other products include a set of lamps that look like buds about to burst into bloom and a series of sheer silk room dividers in pale, graduated colours.