MoMA's Design Store recently unveiled a collection of extremely cool new vases as part of their 2014 haul. The Design Store buyers, you see, spend each year travelling the world looking for new products to sell at the museum. Oddly enough, it was the vases that stood out this year.
A fresnel lens -- invented in the 1700s by inventor Augustin-Jean Fresnel to create brighter lighthouse lights -- is the focus of Big Bloom. Thanks to the lens' magnification, it turns the average peony into something, well, bigger:
A chemist named John Norton designed these Silver Flash vases, which are exact replicas of standard-issue labware, done up in flashy chrome:
Finally, a third vase -- not yet on the online store -- is intended to be almost invisible: It consists of a white plastic plate with five pins sticking upward. you threat each stem onto a pin, pour a little water onto the plate, and each flower looks as though it's floating:
You can buy all of them at MoMA's Design Store. [MoMa Design Store]
Pictures: Michael Hession