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Simple Genius

This Clever Piece Of Plastic Transforms Any Glass Into A Vase

Aleksander Dimitrov's Clip On Vase pretties up forgotten glassware.

  • <p>Flip a basic water glass into a vase for fresh flowers, with the clever Clip On Vase.</p>
  • <p>Designer Aleksandar Dimitrov crafted the hardware by 3-D printing plastic to fit the mouth of an Ikea glass.</p>
  • <p>“Both vessels collect water, hence one only needs support for the flower to convert a glass into vase,” he says.</p>
  • <p>Clip On Vase is practically a new product category--like a "vase convertor."</p>
  • <p>See more of Dimitrov's work <a href="http://ad-3d.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
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    Flip a basic water glass into a vase for fresh flowers, with the clever Clip On Vase.

  • 02 /05

    Designer Aleksandar Dimitrov crafted the hardware by 3-D printing plastic to fit the mouth of an Ikea glass.

  • 03 /05

    “Both vessels collect water, hence one only needs support for the flower to convert a glass into vase,” he says.

  • 04 /05

    Clip On Vase is practically a new product category--like a "vase convertor."

  • 05 /05

    See more of Dimitrov's work here.

Here’s a simple-genius way to make use of all the extra plastic that 3-D printing wants to introduce into the world: Create accessories that enhance the functionality of household items that already exist. Aleksandar Dimitrov, a Bulgarian product designer and founder of the firm AD-3D, saw the easy potential to turn any standard kitchen water glass into a vase. "Both vessels collect water, hence one only needs support for the flower to convert a glass into vase," he tells Co.Design.

Dimitrov’s Clip On Vase isn’t his first foray into 3-D modeling and printing. In fact, it’s not even his first 3-D printed vase. He crafted Pencilvase first, which uses three pencils (with erasers) and a piece of plastic to create a teepee-shaped structure over a cup or coffee mug.

His Clip On vase is more refined, visually and technically, and creates a brand new product category—like a "vase convertor." Now old jam jars, phased-out glassware, and forgotten coffee mugs can serve a new purpose. Just add water.

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