Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi recently unveiled a series of sculptural vases made from local sand. Dubbed Sand Vases, the four flower-container designs consist of a mix of crystals, renewable cork and sand from a nearby beach, all bound using waterproof resin. Elegantly shaped, they are the result of an exploration into typologies combined with Japanese games and architectural traditions.
Kaneuchi’s sculptural vases were inspired by Bou-Taoshi, a kids’ game consisting of finding tree branches hidden within the sand dunes. But the game itself is said to be inspired by a Japanese tradition of making conic sand dunes next to some temples, representing divinity and the mountains. Beautiful, elegant and sculptural, Kaneuchi’s Sand Vases are a celebration of Japanese traditions and long-lasting design.