I was sad to see Alessi close its shop in Tree Studios last year; luckily, WPA Chicago in River North has picked up the line. One of my faves from the new for 2012 line is the Aldo flower vase ($248), in porcelain, with tiny holes that reveal an orange color inside. The top of the vase has been pressed to form two different sized holes for holding single stems. It also comes in black.