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April Vase XXL

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Designed by Sigolène Prébois and Catherine Lévy in 1991, the April Vase is considered as a classic today

Inspired by Japanese ikebana, this vase glorifies the beauty of flowers by isolating each one in a tube. Articulated with metal rings, the April Vase adapts its form to the flowers it displays and the support it is placed on, giving every person the pleasure of composing a beautiful flower arrangement.

The XXL April Vase has a metallic structure with12 Blown glass tubes fitted into zinc coated metal frame. You can arrange the components into various shapes and forms. From this starting point, you are able to rearrange the vase into diverse positions. As a contrast in forms, after removing one of the tubes from the chain, the two tail-ends can be joined to create a ring. The tubes may be independently detached from the suite in order to create autonomous segments. In this fashion, the vase can be shortened; or, by easily attaching two or more vases together, any extended length can be achieved. 

A few flowers is all it takes to adorn this signature vase.

Clean with a bottlebrush (and a little white vinegar to remove limestone deposits), or remove the tubes from the metal structure and pop them in the dishwasher (do NOT wash the metal structure in the dishwasher!). See our video for more. After using it in water, the metal gets oxidized: a “white rust” will appear. 

It comes with a handy spare glass tube. Extra tubes available separately.

Height 18 cm (7.1")
Length From 24 to 69 cm (9.4 to 27.2")
Model April vase
Dimensions Tubes height: 18 cm
Diameter Tubes diameter : 5 cm (2 in)
Color Metal, Transparent
Material Acier Zingué Et Verre

Designed by Sigolène Prébois and Catherine Lévy in 1991, the April Vase, a classic today, was considered a Martian object when it was first introduced to the general public.

The very first series of fifty vases (1000 tubes and 1000 metallic pieces) was not an immediate success. However, the avant-garde florist Christian Tortu recognized it as a new, necessary tool and displayed it in his boutique at Saint-Germain-des-Prés for years.


The Museum of Modern Art Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg) considered this vase as marker of its era and integrated it in the permanent design collection in 1997. Today the April Vase is sold in the best boutiques all over the world. With the celebration of its first quarter century, it continues to enhance the beauty of flowers.

April Vase User Guide : How to replace a metalic piece from the April Vase

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