We wish there was a shorter name for these two sets...bowl-vase? vase-of-bowls? bowase? vasowl? Well, regardless of what we call them, we think these are a clever way to make something as utilitarian as bowls into a beautiful, decorative and space saving "vase" when not in use.
The Ming by iBride
The Ming "vase-of-bowls" by French company iBride (think hybrid) is a set of seven Malamine plates and bowls that, when stacked, has a silhouette resembling a Ming Dynasty vase. The interior of each plate and bowl is decorated in a beautifully detailed depiction of flora and fauna.
The Ming is available for $195 from Charles & Marie.
Totem by Boym Partners
Where the Ming is influenced by Chinese pottery, Totem's aesthetic is more modern and restrained. Designed by Boym Partners for Purple South in New Zealand, each ceramic set includes four unique bowls that can easily be restacked. The Totem is made by hand in New Zealand so each set is "perfectly imperfect."
The Totem is available for $150 from Merchant no. 4.