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FLORAL LAB. — © Sari Rikken

Flowers supposed to be a treasure of nature providing us with many benefits but it has been developed into a lucrative but harmful mass-produced product from the flower industry. Considering the environmental impact and loss of its initial value, it is time to reevaluate the lifecycle of flowers.

A modular vase that supports to value the entire lifecycle of flowers.

Plants can contribute to a nutritional diet and a healthy lifestyle. They contain various beneficial properties, such as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties which can support our immune system. How can we not know what plants to use as a natural remedy? Also, growing flowers should not be damaging to the environment, but rather contribute to a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity.

With this graduation project questioned Sari the conventional flower industry by researching alternative ways to produce flowers and has analyzed the use of flowers in ancient times. With FLORAL LAB. she aims to transform the current perspective on growing and consuming flowers by making it accessible, inspiring, and logic again.

FLORAL LAB. is a modular vase consisting of four elements made of ceramics and glass. Each element individually is multifunctional and inspired by kitchen tools, such as a sieve and mortar. The vase not only makes arranging flowers more easily, but it also simplifies preparing flowers for consumption when in full bloom. This way, flowers could be used for culinary, medicinal, and for cosmetical purposes.

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About Sari Rikken

Sari Rikken is the founder of her label SARI handcrafted ceramics. As a graduate product designer from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (2020), she visualizes her passion and knowledge for ceramics and flowers with this project FLORAL LAB where she focuses on mindful consumption, sustainability, and a better connection and understanding for nature.

FLORAL LAB. in exploded view — © Sari Rikken

FLORAL LAB. — © Sari Rikken

Making Rose Vinaigrette — © Sari Rikken


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