Polak’s Floral Obsession

by Eyal de Leeuw | 20.12.15

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“The sense of smell is vital in our everyday lives,” says designer Omer Polak while describing his recent Boutonniere project – a combination of design, fashion, science and sensual experiences. “Smell is a major component in our senses, and it has a wonderful ability to create memories and bring them to the forefront of our consciousness. It warns us against danger, and effects our mood. It also has quite a bit of influence on our sexual attraction and coupling.”

matan pic by Mor Elnekav

Exploring the use of flowers is part of Polak’s ongoing research project about the uses of the sense of smell in our everyday life. The Boutonniere is a collection of a mini vases for flowers, that allows you to carry flowers in your breast pocket.


Decorative flower in a breast pocket is a cultural characteristic that emerged in the early 20th century as a masculine decoration, symbolizing wealth, male fertility, and not to be forgotten – a great amount of style.

tal&matan pic by Mor Elnekav
Photo by Mor Elnekave

The small pin for the flower is made out of glass and brass, and contains water to keep the flower fresh all day long. Apart from being pleasing to the eye, the flower also spreads its smell while being worn.

Photo by Mor Elnekave

Another recent product of Polak’s flower obsession is a new series of vases exploring new options for a flower composition. Fascinated by the Ikebana, a traditional Japanese floral arrangement, Polak created a new vase made out of marble and brass through handmade techniques. The unique vase emphasizes different areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws attention toward shape, line and form in a minimal approach. The vase name: no.165 | 114 | 21 represents the number of the flowers you can use in each vase.





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