Once upon a time in a relaxing period called BC (that's 'Before Children') myself and my husband used to take one luxury holiday a year, and we always chose to go somewhere in Asia. We absolutely loved the culture, food and the design, with it being so different to what we were familiar with in the West. Everything were more delicate, more detailed, playful and so well thought-out. Therefore, when modern Asian lifestyle brand Zens contacted me to see if I wanted to pick out a couple of their products to review, I jumped at the chance to style a couple of their contemporary, yet oh-so pretty vases within their Home Decor range.
Zens was first set up in 2009 as an interior lifestyle brand with the aim to create simple yet innovative, quality products for everyday use. They currently have a small number of designers creating tea and dinnerware, home decor, furniture and lighting for the brand, including UK designer Michael Young, founder of the Michael Young Studio. However, the product that I was instantly drawn to from the Zens website was the Chirp Series, a selection of tiny single bud vases in pretty pastel colours that stand on a simple metal cross stand, designed by Oki Sato, founder of the world-renowned design studio Nendo.
The inspiration behind the Chirp Series are birds sitting on a telephone line, which you can instantly recognise within the design, although it is far removed enough to not be obvious. There is a choice of four flower stands and two vase shapes in a range of matt colours. I chose the single flower stand with the short single flower vase (as opposed to the tall, which is a longer thinner version).
If you choose one of the larger flower stands you can mix and match the two vase shapes in a range of the colours. You simply choose where to slip the vase onto the stand crossbar, then you can fill the vases with flowers, trinkets, jewellery or stationary items. The base is heavy and sturdy for its small frame, a nod to astute design of the product; while the vases are pretty but retain interest due to their compelling, voguish shape. The product is just so different to anything you'd see on the UK high street. Even in the popular Scandi design stores, which offer a swathe of howeware items in desirable colours and shapes, you would not find something like the Chirp Series which has all the markings of Eastern influence.
The second product that I selected from Zens is the strikingly individual Rock Blossom Vase. This moon-like porcelain vase is super slimline, making it perfect to have a casual display of flowers on a small surface area such as a bedside table.
I love how the porcelain is smoothed to a stone-like effect, with tiny little black dots added in for detail. The flowers seemly appear to grow out of the circular stone as you cannot see the stems, water nor the neck of the vase. The design has a small compact hidden opening at the back which makes the flowers stand to attention as the stems are supported by the opening being tall yet compressed.
Like the Chrip Series, the design is skillful as the weighted bottom means that the slimline design does not topple, even when filled with top-heavy flowers such as these Alliums and English Roses . The Rock Blossom Vase comes in three sizes, with this vase being the smallest at 26cm wide.
I absolutely love this vase and have moved it to multiple areas of my home since owning it. It is perfect on a very small shelf and works especially well on a picture ledge. I love how I can push it right against a wall and it completely saves on space, yet the round moon-like appearance when looking at the vase face-on means that it does not fade into the background.
What do think to my two selections from interior lifestyle brand Zens? Aren't they just so original and alluring? I am delighted with them. Zens ship to the UK in 3-5 business days at standard postage rate. To see more of what they have to offer then head on over to the Zens website.
* This post is a paid collaboration with Zens. However, I hand-picked the products featured in this post and all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. I would thank to thank Zens for working with me and sending me two pieces from their amazing collection to review.