I love futuristic items and illustrations from the early to middle 20th century. There is a certain naïve optimism surrounding them. Streamline and Space Age shapes and designs captivate my imagination.
For today, I selected three mid-century containers that reflect a futuristic sensibility. They allowed me to feel nostalgic about the future by blending the containers’ vintage ages with my interpretations of the types of floral arrangements florists of that era may have imagined. In other words, there is a lot of retro avant garde on this page.
The medium size bookend vase consists of a screen-type metal exterior and a hunter green porcelain insert. This is pure 1950’s chic. A gladiolus stem frames the cluster of large buds and flowers.
A very rare “amorphous” styled twin opening vase by Red Wing Pottery was manufactured in 1953. This piece is as relevant to contemporary decor as it was back in the day. Metallic enhancements support five home-made paper zinnias that I assembled a few years ago. This project was a lot of fun to put together.
The charcoal grey planter/flower pot features a lip at the base for watering. The gold accent striping enhances the elegant styling of the container. The eclectic collection of floral elements takes advantage of the fancy container.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes John F. Kennedy. “For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”