Since many homes in Japan have little room for the impractical, flower arrangements tend to be modest. But unless you’re an expert ikebana practitioner, fashioning a few stems into an elegant display isn’t as easy as it sounds. This month, On: Design looks at several vases that enhance simple displays with charming and clever designs.

Hasami-yaki tableware maker Tokyo Saikai Co., Ltd has launched Ha’, a new brand that takes a playful approach to flower arranging. The lineup’s minimalist yet curvaceous forms, conceived by British designer Sebastian Bergne, not only make for striking contemporary objets d’art, but they also re-imagine the purpose of a vase. Two styles are available — Fruit, a tiny rotund bud vase, and Tuba, a family of U-shaped vessels.

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