Babilus is a collection of vases made by Tel Aviv designer Nir Meiri. The shapes of the vases were designed to resemble architecture found in ancient cities such as alters and temples, and the name Babilus is used in reference to the age-old city of Babylon. Each form is made from several layers of materials staked in various combinations. When viewed together, the collection simulates an antique city skyline, however each vase was also designed to stand alone with the intent of igniting the imagination.
The forms are built from natural materials including bamboo, oriented strand board (OBS), and the solid surface material Corian. Prior to assembly, each material is individually turned to reveal its natural texture and color while also emulating the look and feel of stone.
The layers of material are stacked and glued together and then finished with a removable glass vessel that fits snugly into the center of the vase. This unique process gives each vases an organic yet architectural feel perfect for any household plant. The collection was first presented during the London Design Festival 2014 at the 19 Greek Street Gallery.
Nir Meiri is the founder of Nir Meiri Design Studio, which specializes in an out-of-the-ordinary approach to everyday objects. In keeping with this philosophy, they carefully select their materials, often raw and wild, and transform them into simple, clean-cut forms. The vases in the Babilus collection are available in four sizes ready to accommodate plants ranging from a single flower to full bouquets and small plants. To see more of this product visit the designer’s website here.