By Evan Ackerman
Most of the time, I feel like the significance that modern designers attach to their pieces equates to total bunk, especially when they go on and on about stuff like “the symbiotic formation and destruction of modern society.” But is Blanc&Reed actually making a statement with their Swell vase? Swell is a hollow grown copper container that’s been shot with a .45 caliber slug, turning it into a serviceable flower holder via the exit wound. It’s “an object formed for its deconstruction in the hope of eliciting new beauty.” As much as I hate to admit it, I kinda get what they’re saying here. [Ain’t this a little like when hippies put a flower into the barrel of a soldier’s gun? -Ed.] While far too phallic for my personal taste, you can contact Blanc&Reed if you want to find out how much Swell costs; the price is not otherwise stated. Not recommended for DIY.