Voong: A Vase That Doubles as a Bong

At first glance, you might not suspect that this two-tone vase pulls double duty. You’ll notice its porcelain exterior with a tactile copper band around the neck and the three openings that hold flowers. But this beautiful object, by Castor Design, subtly disguises another use besides holding flowers – it’s also a bong.


Voong (that’s vase + bong) was designed as a limited edition bong for Toronto Design Week, to acknowledge the increase in support for marijuana legalization throughout Canada. With legalization on the way, design-minded individuals might want to seek paraphernalia that pays attention to aesthetics and not just function. Castor Design was inspired to bring a modern twist to an object that’s typically fallen into the craft realm.


Using electroforming, Castor wrapped the neck in a tactile copper band that’s easy to grip your hands around.


Voong was shown as part of Umbra Ltd.’s Compact Living exhibition where it displayed its use for being ‘Home Alone’ (bong) and ‘When the Parents Come to Visit’ (vase).







Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.