You Call That a Vase? The New York Times: Style / by Esque Studio

You Call That a Vase?

Containers for blooms can stretch the imaginations of designers and florists alike.

By Rima Suqi

May 7, 2019

The Pushmepullme vase by Andi Kovel and Justin Parker of Esque Studio. On the purple side, dark purple Vanda diamond orchids. On the lavender side, white Vandas, with Queen Anne’s lace and blackberries. $2,200; esque-studio.com.CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

The Pushmepullme vase by Andi Kovel and Justin Parker of Esque Studio. On the purple side, dark purple Vanda diamond orchids. On the lavender side, white Vandas, with Queen Anne’s lace and blackberries. $2,200; esque-studio.com.CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Andi Kovel and Justin Parker of Esque Studio in Portland, Ore., found freedom in blowing molten glass vases simultaneously and joining them before they cooled. At that point they continued blowing to puff up the size of the now double vase, which they call Pushmepullme. “The forming is a choreographed dance of fire, molten material and movement, and we both know our part of the dance to the point of pure instinct,” Ms. Kovel said.