An example of Takesensuji bamboo ware from Shizuoka Prefecture, the narrow glass vase is held between two frames of fine bamboo lattice. The lattice frames may be oriented either horizontally or vertically.
Traditional yet modern, it's a work of art even without a flower. [US$ 34]
Lovers of the minimalist design brand Muji rejoice! The vehemently styleless brand has launched its Vertical House in pale timber and untreated cotton to match its beige clothes and unadorned interior goods. Its one- and two-bedroom units range from $210,000 to $250,000 (excluding land and build), allowing eco-warriors in unbleached cotton to live in a fabulously pale, no-brand environment.