Futuristic …Floral Friday

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.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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5 Responses to Futuristic …Floral Friday

  1. Hi Blue Jay,

    Compositionally, I like the third one the best.

    Do you give your floral arrangements names or titles at all? I would like to suggest giving them names and putting the names in the photos as well.

    By the way, I have inserted extra sentences in my long reply to your comment at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

    These additional sentences are mainly in the paragraph that begins with “Of course, the “language” or “vocabulary” used …”

    Even before inserting these new sentences, the said reply is already the longest comment in the post.

    In terms of “Futuristic …Floral” display, do you like those from the mid-century era the most?

    May you have a lovely weekend!

    • swabby429 says:

      I used to name them when this blog was hosted by Yahoo! blogging services, but I nixed the idea when I revamped the format and went to WordPress. I prefer to leave them without titles, because they are experiments. I just like to share my tinkering with others. Thanks for the suggestion, though. BTW, I go through phases. Sometimes I like 19th century styles, sometimes Art Deco, sometimes contemporary. Maybe Art Deco trips my trigger most–just because. I’d write more but I sliced open a finger while working on my house. It’s hard to hunt and peck with stitches and a heavy bandage.

      • Hi Blue Jay,

        It happens that I also liked your third floral arrangement shown in another post of yours published four and a half years ago at

        In that said post, I commented as follows:

        SoundEagle says:
        February 12, 2017 at 01:18
        Hi swabby429, all of your three flower arrangements here are attractive and well conceived. I especially like the third one involving an arching raceme of orchid flowers. Thank you. Since you mentioned ikebana in this post, I would like to introduce you to my special post at https://queenslandorchid.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/ikebana-lessons-with-orchids-minimalist-flower-arrangement/

        Please enjoy!

      • Hi Blue Jay,

        Thank you for your clarification. It is a delight to know that your taste is diverse.

        In any case, it is customary to give a piece of work a name or title, whether the work is a prose, poem, essay, paper, story, novel, book, song, music, sculpture, drawing, painting, flower arrangement, movie, documentary, program, concert, recital, cuisine, recipe, model, building, architecture and so on. There are many good reasons for doing so, regardless of the nature and purpose of the work, experimental or otherwise. At the very least, it is much easier for anyone to keep track of or refer to some piece if it has a name or title, which can also help the user, reader, viewer or listener in various ways regarding the piece in question, whatever the function(s) of the piece may be.

        May your finger have a speedy recovery!

  2. swabby429 says:

    Thank you for the well-wishes and the input. Take care.

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