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Item of the day: Crumpled Vase

These vases certainly make people do a double take as they look like crumpled paper rather than the carefully moulded clay from which they are made. Cleverly designed to look as though they have just been fashioned into a container a moment ago, tying a piece of thread, ribbon or rattan around the neck will add to this illusion. A display of vases always makes a striking feature in the home. These vases are big enough to comfortably accommodate a large bunch of flowers but a variety of vivid green succulents would also work well. The other big plus is that they save on the cost of fresh flowers, as they grow very well in the garden or in pots and last for longer than flowers in a vase, especially if the roots are placed into the vase as well. Team the crumpled vase with a very square glass vase for a striking contrast or other white ceramic containers for an unusual, modern centre piece. This range of ceramics, from Highway Patio and Outdoor in Hillcrest, Durban, also includes a crumpled jug which will add a talking piece to your breakfast table or informal tea party. The crumpled vases are reasonably priced from R195 – R390. Highway Patio and Outdoor is at Shop 2 Builders Way Centre, Hillcrest. Call them on 031-765-5825 or have a look at their website patioandoutdoor.co.za.