19. Design Classic – the Nick Munro for Wedgwood vase

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WHEN we moved into this cottage, we had to downsize. Even though it’s bigger foot-print wise than our old house, there’s next to no storage here. And also, I had a bit of a ‘what am I keeping all this extra stuff for’ moment last year, when it felt right to throw lots of things out and just keep what I need.nickmunro

I’m still going through the boxes of things that moved with us which are packed up because of the ongoing renovation. And more often than not after a year in boxes, most things are not at all missed and it’s relatively easy to throw or give them away. So gone are most of my vases (a whole cupboard full). I’ve kept one small ceramic one, a lovely crystal stem vase, and then this, my now vintage Nick Munro vase designed for Wedgwood in 1999.

After all this time I think it’s earned the title Design Classic. It has lived through and worked in a modern flat, a Georgian flat, a seaside terrace, a 1960s Span house, and now a higgled-piggledy cottage. It looks both classic and distinctly modern. It is perfectly designed for most mid-size bouquets of flowers. It suits all colour and size of flower head. It’s a timeless all rounder. Munro himself says his inspiration for the range of ceramics (no longer in production) was “what Josiah [Wedgwood] would do if he were with us today and I decided that he would design much more contemporary things than the company are today known for producing. The result was a collection of black and cream objects of exquisite quality with perfect detailing and a point of view which is pure modernist.”

Unfortunately the collection and the vase are no longer available, but do come up on eBay now and again (FYI: there’s one in Australia at the time of writing!)… See the collection at: www.nickmunro.com/collaborations/wedgwood

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