June 10, 2008

Containers: 18Karat

What could be better than a company that is inspired by flowers? I first visited the Dallas showroom of 18Karat many years ago when buying at market with a very talented employer. Originally a bulk vase importer, 18Karat has evolved into a high-end purveyor of home wares which introduces 2 collections a year, each with more than 500 new pieces. You'll find everything from upholstered furniture to design books and home fragrances at their online shop here.

I continue to be blown away by the beauty and design direction of their vases and containers. Pieces in the collections are literally inspired by flower forms, this mustard vase from the Spring/Summer 2008 Gemma collection ('bud' in Latin) inspired by Dianthus/Carnation.

These shots of interiors styled with 18Karat products completely evoke the company's philosophy of marrying sustainable production methods with beautiful, authentic materials.

I'm partial to twigs, and modern interiors, so this really hits all my buttons. And I love the oversized prints of tulips leaning against the wall!

Photos shot at the home of Jean Claude Leblanc, Peter Cardew Architects. All images from 18Karat website.

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