introverso 2 marble vase kit

We’ve all felt the type of frustration that makes you want to take a sledgehammer to something breakable. Italian designers Moreno Ratti and Paolo Ulian created the Introverso 2, a beautiful rectangular vase that looks like stacks of marble slabs. See it in the right light, however, and its fun secret becomes apparent.

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Seen straight-on, the rectangular vase reveals the silhouette of a more traditionally-shaped vase. It’s a bit like looking at a curved vase through a set of closed blinds. The Introverso 2 is lovely just as it is, but if you ever feel the need to bust out a sledgehammer and start breaking things, this is the one vase that can handle it.

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“In this way it creates a cavity in the block of marble in a faster way than doing it with traditional tools, where the intervention of the artisan is limited to the finishing the interior walls of the sink,” explained Ulian in an interview with Dezeen.

Using a hammer, you chip away the corners and edges of the rectangular vase until the curved interior vase reveals itself. The marble neatly breaks away until the perfect, elegant, slightly angular inner vase stands where the rectangular vase once was. The vase can be used in either shape – but we recommend leaving it in its original form until you have a very, very bad day.

introverso coffee table

Created for Italian stone furnishings specialist, Vallmar, the unusual and unique Introverso 2 vase is available for purchase at for about $2,000 USD, alongside the similar Introverso Coffee Table.

“Low coffee table characterized by the possibility to transform the original truncated-cone and modern shape into a coffee table with a classic look, by simply breaking the thin plates composing it by a hammer. Made with white Carrara marble from Calacatta Borghini quarries by Moreno Ratti & Paolo Ulian for Carrara Design Factory.”