FASCINATED BY IKEBANA

BY: ŁUKASZ POTOCKI

TEL AVIV 3.6.2016

ART DESIGN

The Israeli designer Omer Polak created a new series of vases and explored options for a unique flower composition. The experience becomes playful and allows a wide variety of floral designs and patterns.
Polak investigates the use of flowers as a part of his ongoing research project about the sense of smell in our everyday life. After the "Boutonniere", a mini vase for flower, that allows you to carry flowers on your breast pocket, he decided to focus on the flower itself and created a vase that demonstrates respect to the flower and use all its beauty. The object originates from ancient traditions of floral arrangement, highlighting the use of the stem as a decorative element in itself.

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"I was fascinated by ikebana as a traditional japanese floral arrangement. Ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line and form. I believe in the spiritual aspects of ikebana and flowers in general. Silence and minimalism is a must during practices of ikebana. It is time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. One becomes more persistent and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but also in general. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. This is also the time when one feels intimacy to nature which provides relaxation for the mind, body and soul. My aim was to bring this possibility to the user without being an expert in ikebana." www.omerpolak.com

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