PEOPLE OF THE SUN
Maria Haralambidou, Malawi, Africa
Jars and vases, $45, made from recycled wine bottles.
Maria collaborates with artisans to bring their products to an international market and help them differentiate their work in Malawi’s vast wood-carving market by designing modern, utilitarian pieces. (A doorknob-maker now also turns mahogany lids for glass jars, left.)
Maria met so many talented artists during travels in Africa that she left her job as an architect to found this business in 2012. peopleofthesun.net
The Blantyrejars come in green and clearglass and have six lid options, somewith holes for flower stems.