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my favourite vases

January 7, 2012

I have been in love with the artist cec le page’s vases since I first laid eyes on them in a shop in westbourne grove called space boudoir, which sadly closed its doors many many years ago. Their now no longer existent mail order catalogue definitely raised the bar for mail order shopping as we know it today. I remember the first time I saw a collection of these vases displayed in their shop. I literally stopped breathing for a few seconds. This was different to anything I had seen before. After months of deliberation I took the plunge and bought myself the smallest and cheapest they had for sale. They only had one and it was in shocking pink!

The vases are all one of a kind, hand painted from lucite, a solid transparent plastic. People are surprised when lifting them up how deceivingly heavy they are. The vibrant colours are rich, whilst also appearing translucent and light. Furthermore, each piece is inscribed with a signature and the year it was made.

It was only afterwards, when I called up cec in new york, I discovered that I could order any colour combination I wanted and so I started to dream up my next purchases. This time, I am happy to say, they were presents from family and friends. Here are baby ella and ella respectively…

If anyone out there is interested or thinking of surprising me!!, my next one on the list is ‘swing’ in chocolate and blue as shown here. Of course, cec has moved on in her work and you can find her latest additions here. She is quirky and I salute you, lovely cec!

Here are some more images for you. I hope you enjoy them.

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  • Reply cec lepage January 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    What a lovely surprise. You made my day. Thank you for this.
    xx Cec

    • Reply tina January 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      You’re welcome. Nice to hear from you. Love your vases!! x

  • Reply annie January 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Wow those vases are so unusual! I love the pink and coral one.

    • Reply tina January 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks Annie. My photography does them no justice, really!!

  • Reply Holly@hvhinteriors January 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Woah! These are pretty cool. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us 😉 I love the green and brown one – it feels retro somehow.

    • Reply tina January 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Holly, thanks for stopping by:) They are quite unusual and a piece of art. So jealous you are still in Berlin. Will NOT be jealous when you return to Frankfurt:) Hope to meet you very soon.

  • Reply Mary Middleton Design January 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    what great colours and interesting shapes these are. I wonder where they are made

    • Reply tina January 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Mary. They are made by the artist Cec Le Page. Her links are highlighted in the post.

  • Reply Theresa January 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Wow, these vases are really beautiful and different from anything I’ve seen before. I could see why you gasped when you first saw them.
    PS~Also wanted to say I’m enjoying some time on your site. (Thanks for stopping by mine ;). I always read your comments on Annie’s site as you leave really great ones.
    PSS~So envious of your London meet-ups. Hoping to make a Los Angeles one happen real soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply tina January 10, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Hi. Theresa. Thank you for saying hi and leaving such nice comments:. I think you have a beautiful blog and I will make a point of stopping by more often. I am new to blogging and in awe of you all who do it daily. Maybe with some practice and more skills I will speed up a little.
      Ah, yes, our meetups. All I can say is that they are hugely enriching to me. Can’t wait to see the gang (and meet new ones) at the end of the month. I am sure you’ll feel the same way when you LA gals will get together. Who knows, we might have a BYW world summit someday. Where to hold it? Hhmmm, logistic nightmare! Anyway, way past my bedtime. Until soon….

  • Reply Chi @ Carousel January 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    You have such great taste, Tina – the Ellas are so beautiful!

    I had a look on Cec’s site and the thumbnail silhouettes trick the eye into thinking that they are sketches in pen and ink/watercolour. I love the interplay of 2d/3d – it’s such an ingenious technique!

    Thanks for sharing; you may now consider me a member of the Le Page Appreciation Society! 🙂

    • Reply tina January 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Chi, Cec will be delighted. She’s fab! She put my post up on her facebook page.. I do mean it when I say that my photography does not do them justice. They look incredible in real life. Hopefully you gals will visit me soon and then you’ll see what I mean….

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