There’s nothing short or stout about Janus et Cie’s immaculate, whimsical decorative teapot. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of Japanese gardens, the ever-chic furniture design company dreamed up Flourish, a ceramic vessel draped in floral and foliate forms. The teapot rests under a glass case, an exquisite, perpetually blooming landscape. Good luck finding matching cups.
Blueware collection is a series of ceramic pieces by designers at Studio Glithero. Inspired by a long tradition of blue-and-white pottery (Dutch Delftware, Chinese porcelain, British Jasperware), the London-based studio applied a more modern technique: they used cyanotyping, a proto-photographic process, to capture images on ceramic tiles and vases.
So, back in the early 2000s, I was a big fan of the teen soap opera The O.C. To recap, in case you did not waste your free time watching dramas about high school love, it was about a group of teenagers who lived in Orange County, Calif. Fan favorite Summer Roberts was the snobby brunette who Seth, the nerd, loved. As a character quirk, she also was a fan of Golden Girls and often mentioned the show in episodes.
Every day after school, Karla Dascal’s mother took her to a floral market in Little Havana, Miami, where the sunflowers, gerbera daisies and bird-of-paradise listed in their water-filled buckets. This experience ignited Dascal’s passion for fresh flowers. Or as her company’s mission statement puts it: “Florals are Karla’s soul transformed into a million-dollar art form.” After studying art, architecture and design in Boston, Dascal returned to Miami and began selling roses imported from Ecuador. “They were these sensational, salmon-colored roses that would last 10 days,” Dascal recalls.