Last summer we had a new bathroom fitted. It was a vision of black, white and grey, with marble and slate tiles, and i really wanted something pretty to sit on the white unit to set off the whole room. I couldn't make up my mind what i wanted, other than i wanted something black and striking to set my room off, so i set off browsing in store in John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser. I came across the LSA range of handkerchief vases, and i have to say i knew then i had found what i was looking for, and i was a little bit in love. I was all for spending over £100 on a really large black vase, until my husband convinced me to wait to get home and measure up properly.
I eventually settled for a 30cm tall vase, which appears exactly as the one above, but is painted in solid black.
It really is a stunning design by a british design company, LSA International, who are over 40 years established in the design market. They make glass ware and porcelain tableware. New designs are released in January and June each year. Looking through their current catalogue available online, they really do make some stunning and unique pieces, and i really do feel that my vase adds something special to my bathroom.
The particular design i bought appears to be no longer available, but the vase still appears in coloured glass. It curves in and out in a folded design at the top, while being round at the bottom. I have seen it available in blues and purples this season, but all really pale and not quite as striking as the reds and blacks i saw last year.
I bought some fake flowers to go into the vase, and one thing i did find was that it is very hard to stand a simple 3 flower display up in this vase. I have had to do some clever bending of the wires of the flower stems. This would obviously be easier with a bigger bunch. I also found that the painted glass design of my vase has actually scratched in places. Not enough to show through the design, but only because i noticed as i was scratching it and then took more care. This would not be a problem with the coloured glass designs.
This vase is very heavy and stable in its design, so i have had no issues with it getting knocked and toppling over in spite of having two small boys in the house.
I have been very pleased with my purchase, and i would definitely look at buying one of their designs again either for another room in the house or for a present for one of my female relatives. You really do feel like it is money well spent when you still love it as much nearly 9 months later as you did on the day you purchased it. I view it like a piece of artwork really rather than a functional piece of furniture.