Objets d'Art: 10 Pieces That Infuse Spaces With Personality

As objets d’art, these ten select pieces spark interest, draw the eye, and bring personality to a space. At a moment when we are spending more time at home, intriguing and versatile pieces of collectible design can enliven and complete your home environment. Within the collectible design world, objets are not necessarily functional, though some are. They are complementary, emboldening the identity of the space with their minimalistic lines, bold colours, and organic forms. They work with inherently functional pieces – for example chairs, tables, lighting, and the like – to elevate an interior.

What do the objects we decide to surround ourselves with say about us? This curated selection of objets d’art explores material and form as a means to add a unique quality to a space. They include pieces that experiment with cross-disciplinary techniques; boldly share newly developed materials; and meld forms inspired by the environment with solid ceramic. When selected for a space, they illustrate and embody our inherent individuality, allowing our homes or offices to speak for us through aesthetics and design.

This edit features work by Amandine David, BASIS RHO, Eyvind Solli, Gurli Elbækgaard, Hanna Heino, Lillian Tørlen, Mari JJ Design, Nel Verbeke, Seray Asker, and Wyssem Nochi.

Amandine David, “Crossing Parallels – Basket #180811”

“Crossing Parallels” explores the interaction between the basketry technique of hand coiling and 3D-printing. Both techniques build objects through the same construction principle, laying one filament—whether natural fibre or melted plastic—on top of another. By making objects at the crossroads between handicraft and digital craft, Amandine David aims to contribute to a more nuanced definition of craft as collaborative practice.

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BASIS RHO, “CRCLE – Black” & “CRCLE – Soft Grape”

The Basis Rho CRCLE is an object, platform, and atoll for random and curated still lifes in classy homes. This unique piece combines an emerald green stone with crushed red grapes in concrete. Making use of glass waste bound into their own fine concrete recipe, designers Marie Jeschke & Anja Langer of Jeschkelanger create an irregular window in the coloured stone.

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Gurli Elbækgaard, “Geomorfologi – Yellow”

Inspired by the mountainous Norwegian landscape, “Geomorfologi” is a hand built sculpture in stoneware clay, which has been fired multiple times to achieve complex glaze surface. Gurli Elbækgaard is trained classically as a ceramist who masters her craft at the turntable, but still can not help but push the limits to what you can do with clay and glaze. She seeks to test, play, and experiment with color, shape, and senses.

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Hanna Heino, “Pigment” Sculpture

“Pigment” is a unique ceramic sculpture which is created by a Finnish ceramic artist and designer Hanna Heino. The meaning behind the sculpture’s organic shapes and fascinating surface comes from the oceans, from minerals and corals which have been the inspiration for this work. The lively, soft-toned surface makes you fancy to touch it and feel the forms, like the rest of Hanna’s works do. Every one of her works is a unique piece of art and she wants to achieve harmonious beauty using charming structures and hazy shades.

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Lillian Tørlen, “On the Books in the Window”

“On the Books in the Window” is part of Levels of Attachment and Belonging – a series of site-relational ceramic vases, where each object is hand-built and unique. The titles refer to the original site for which the pieces were created and may highlight any subsequent displacement.

The pieces are defined by the architecture and interior of the space for which they were initially created. They relate in different ways to their environment—some through a gently altered shape, while others seem forced into their new form.

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Nel Verbeke, “The Sound of Time”

“The Sound of Time” is an hourglass balanced in an elegant holder, delicately counterweighted by a copper ball and mounted on a blackened, wooden base. The form of the hourglass consists of two conoidal components joined at their narrowest points. Their opaque manifestation makes them enigmatic, almost mysterious.

It is within the act that the hourglass reveals its secret. As it is turned over, inner material travels from top to bottom, generating a sound: the sound of time.

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Seray Asker, “Beasts of Cappadocia” Series

The “Beasts of Cappadocia” Series, Seray Asker’s handmade and hand-painted ceramic plates, are unique pieces of art. Each piece in the series is one of a kind. They showcase the designer’s interest in interpreting historical and primitive heritage through a modern lens. They were produced during her residency in Cappadocia and reflect the historical heritage of the area in the artist’s depiction of Anatolian historical figurines and Goddesses.

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Wyssem Nochi, “Beirut Power” Platinum

The “Beirut Power” water float candle chandeliers were inspired by a stencil graffiti found on the street walls of Beirut. They represent a generic “light bulb and a candlelight”, referring to the frequent power cuts the country witnesses daily. They take even more pleasure in the dark, space wax, fire burn, and body piercing pain in erotic daze, on ultralight dumbbell workout.⁠

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