Always trust the Japanese to come up with fresh ways of looking at interior house design. Take this beautifully simple Sand Vase, created by Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi, for instance. His work was inspired by an age-old children’s game called ‘Bou-Taoshi’, in which players are required to make a heap of sand around a centrally-located pole, and then take turns in removing the sound. The loser is the one who causes the pole to collapse. For Kaneuchi, this simple means for diversion also invites a more profound meditation on creation and destruction, on what putting a structure together means, and what gradually destroying it entails.
In creating the Sand Vase, a perfect item for any modern interior house design, Kaneuchi replaced the traditional pole with a glass tube, “time stopped with resin”. His sand-and-resin vase starts off with a solid base and gently expands upward, gradually narrowing, up to the point of apparent collapse, “bringing a tension and delicate beauty to the flower.” The vases, all in natural, discrete and understated colors, come in a diverse range of sizes, from small to medium to large. All flowers look superb in such a vase, as the decorative item seems to have been handmade by nature itself, thanks to its structure, color and design, as well as due to the philosophy that informed its creation.