Agnes Vase



From a random coincidence to effortless and playful

Designer Agnes Fries has created a simple and contrasting range of vases for Normann Copenhagen. The vases have been decorated by hand with intense black brush strokes giving the vases a raw and graphic feel.

Agnes Fries grew up in an artistic home that was full of canvas, paint and brushes. When in China, she learned how to paint so that the brush strokes stand out clearly by using calligraphy as her starting point. Both experiences have served as sources of inspiration for the Agnes vase. 

Agnes Fries says: The brush strokes on the first versions of the vase were painted on the bottom, until one day when I turned one of the vases around by coincidence. And all at once it became obvious that this was just what was needed. It created the perfect playful, unhindered interaction between the simple shape of the vase and the decoration thereof.”

The Agnes vase became a part of the Danish Crafts Collection in 2012 due to the high quality of craftsmanship and Agnes Fries’ originality of work with the material.

Design: Agnes Fries

Agnes Fries

Agnes Fries

Agnes Fries graduated with a Masters degree in Glass and Ceramics from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design in 2005. Since graduating, Agnes Fries has been teaching design and working as a product designer. Often inspired by art, music or fashion, Agnes Fries designs functional objects that are both classical and conceptual.

“I strongly believe in quality of materials and ideas and that we shouldn’t put anything in the world that lacks in either of them. When I design, I am fascinated by the composition of objects. Relations between space, color and structure are important to me, and I have an intuitive understanding of when things feel ‘right’. I’m intrigued by that feeling and the fact that certain things feel right to many people. Good design does that no matter how old it is.”
Agnes Fries