I am quite mesmerized by these vases from &Tradition. I have seen them around in pictures and blogs and I liked them, but I didn't realize just what it was that I was looking at. Until I ended up on &Traditions website and read about how this vase is made.
The designer, Lex Pott, has been thinking about metals and colors, and shows us that a metal has a big range of colors that we may never have considered. Here's how &Tradition describes the True Colours Vase:
"Each of the seven vases is made from a different oxidised metal copper, steel, brass, and aluminium while featuring a contrasting and highly polished segment. The subtle chromatic result shows the true colours of each metal, both in its polished and oxidised state. In addition to revealing the rich palette of each metal, True Colours also plays on the contrast between the rough, organic facture of the oxidised patina and the lustrous surface of the polished segment. Since the reaction of the patina is organic, says Pott, every vase is unique but remains reproducible. "
I love thoughtful design such as this. When a product can make me see reflect over things I otherwise wouldn't. It's not just a vase..it's a commentary on the world. It is much more time consuming than to just make something that looks pretty, but I think it makes for a timeless quality that sets an object apart.