10 best vases

Whether you use it to display some beautiful blooms or just to jazz up a mantelpiece, a striking vase can go a long way

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From glass beauties to ceramic creations, we've scoured the latest collections in the interiors world to bring you accessories that will make an impact. We looked for unusual and conversation-starting pieces by both established brands and lesser-known designers to get on your radar.

1. Tall Gem Vase by Tom Dixon: £65, houseology.com

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With a name like Gem, it’s clear to see where Tom Dixon got the inspiration for his tall flower vase. The facets have been designed to resemble a beautifully-cut precious stone and the lacquer finish further enforces its lavish status.

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2. Conran Short Textured Vase: £19.50, marksandspencer.com

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The ripples that run across the surface of this short vase remind us of sand dunes. Its small shape makes it perfect for dinner tables, and for showing off freshly picked flowers.

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3. Faceted Glass Vase: £25, marksandspencer.com

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In deep blue, this tall glass vase from M&S makes a statement on the dinner table, mantelpiece or hallway console. It can also look good placed in front of tiled fireplaces or window sills, where its facets pick up interesting reflections.

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4. Small Amber Spiral Glass Vase: £95, liberty.co.uk


Liberty’s spiral glass vase looks like a giant sweet jar, or at least reminds us of the glass sweets we’ve picked up on holiday in Venice. The spiralling design is tactile and visual, with a ridged glass surface.

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5. LSA International Tweed Vase: £40, johnlewis.com

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White blooms look best in this short globe-shaped vase from European contemporary glassmakers LSA. Its abstract pattern of overlapping flecks of grey and white is intended to mimic the mixed yarns of woven tweed.

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6. Canyon Vase: from £25, abigailahern.com


London-based Abigail Ahern is known in the interiors world for her stylish, eclectic pieces, often styled-up with her shop's signature silk blooms. She'd pop some faux botanicals into these oversized glazed terracotta vases but they will posh-up larger supermarket bouquets just as well.

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7. HemingwayDesign for Royal Doulton: £30, johnlewis.com


Add a bit of Sixties style to your space with this deep orange bouquet vase from a collaboration between Royal Doulton and British family-run design firm HemingwayDesign. Just add some richly-hued roses.
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8. Olivia Mcgill Large Bulb Glass: £220, etsy.com/uk

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Olivia Mcgill is a London-based potter creating handmade and hand-decorated pieces inspired by landscapes and the natural world. This elegant vase conjures up tranquil coastal scenes.

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9. Pod Vase: £35, oliverbonas.com

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This  turquoise flower pod-shaped vase will add a pop of colour to your room and give you a striking place to display some choice buds.

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10. Barton Vase: £35, habitat.co.uk


The distinctive detailing on this unusual vase with an earthy feel makes it a subtly-striking piece. We'd fill ours with bright blooms to make an impact.

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Habitat consistently delivers on design-led but affordable pieces and the unusual Barton vase is no exception. If you have just a few freshly-picked stems to show off, Conran's understated textured vase will let them sing. For pieces that are decorative as much as they are a vessel for your blooms, Liberty's Amber spiral number and Olivia Mcgill's ethereal bulb vase are stars in their own right.

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