Photographer: Ted Cavanaugh for Bloomberg Businessweek
Photographer: Ted Cavanaugh for Bloomberg Businessweek

Eight Vases Worth the Desk Space

The best flower arrangements—and vases—for crowded desks
Egg vase by Workaday Handmade
Egg vase by Workaday Handmade

The classic earthenware goes well with not-yet-autumnal foliage. This green medley of anthurium leaves, asparagus ferns, steel grass, and white kangaroo paw will hold up. $100; store.mociun.com

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True Colour vase by Lex Pott for &Tradition
True Colour vase by Lex Pott for &Tradition

This bright arrangement of orchids and anemones will pop against a reception desk. The oxidized copper vase makes the bouquet feel less bridal. Just make sure to replace the water every few days. $330; suiteny.com

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Elevated vase by Thomas Bentzen for Muuto
Elevated vase by Thomas Bentzen for Muuto

It’s like a more sophisticated terrarium, with a wide opening that prevents condensation and allows for easy cleaning. Try succulents and air plants on a base of moss and bits of cork, a quirkier alternative to traditional rocks. $129; aplusrstore.com

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Weight vase C by Decha Archjananun for Specimen Editions
Weight vase C by Decha Archjananun for Specimen Editions

White anthurium has a classic look that plays well off this tough concrete vessel. Just a few stems are all you need for a clean look on a messy desk. $360; mattermatters.com

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Via Fondazza vase by Skultuna
Via Fondazza vase by Skultuna

Oncidium orchids’ slender stem and wide spray are ideal for a vase with a narrow mouth. To maintain the mirror shine of this polished brass, avoid getting the exterior wet. $129; kaufmann-mercantile.com

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Ceramic vase by Akiko Tsuji
Ceramic vase by Akiko Tsuji

Short and simple, this is a subtle option for an open-plan space. Fill it with affordable dahlias in late summer, or biweekly with hydrangeas come fall. $110; akikotsuji.com

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Bauhaus ripple vase by Object & Totem
Bauhaus ripple vase by Object & Totem

Playful without being too crazy, the monochrome gray clay is subdued enough for a conservative office. Top with funky pods like brunia to echo its shape; if you forget to refill the water, the buds also look good dried. $120; objectandtotem.com

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