Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. It is literally translated as “living flowers.” The word is formed from the Japanese term ikeru, to ‘keep something alive,’ and hana, which translates to ‘flower.’
This is what inspired Hanna Kruse, a German designer, in creating a homewares series called Soe and Toko & Noma. These items are made from ceramic, designed with a grate-like metal covering dabbed with geometric design patterns from copper wire and steel. These coverings allow the user to arrange flowers on top, or just harness the cup’s decorative function.