Nine renowned designers and architects apply their craft to accessories.
We’re always fascinated by architects and designers turning their talent to smaller accessories for the home. In this Nine to Know, we explore an edit of classic and current design pieces by notable names from around the globe – each imbued with the essence of the designer that conceptualised them.
The Thoronet Abbey in the south of France, with its distinctive archways, formed the inspiration for this decorative dish designed by Henry Wilson. Henry’s interest in the “awkward beauty” that comes from making things by hand materialises in the dish’s solid Gunmetal Bronze finish.
The Apparatus Censer, designed by Gabriel Hendifar, conceptualises the ancient ritual of burning incense within hand-cast porcelain and brass dome sculpture.
Patricia Urquiola reflected upon the changing role of the home and how it has become the centre of our lives to create Kore – The Village Project for Salvatori, a two-part collection of small prismatic structures made in different types of stone. This one, Petra, is carved from Travertine, while the other, Alma, is made in Rosa Portogallo.
The Kay Bojesen Monkey, first designed in the 1950s and made from plantation teak, is a Danish classic for adults and children.
The Vitra Wooden Doll (this one being No.1, designed by Alexander Girard) is part of a collection of wooden decorative objects the designer created in 1952 for his own Santa Fe home. The current re-editions are still fabricated and painted by hand today – just like the originals.
The Vitra Eames House Bird, depicted here in walnut, has become an icon in the category of design accessories, having occupied a central place in Charles and Ray Eames’ private home in California.
The By Lassen Black Kubus bowl takes inspiration from the Bauhaus era and assumes a functional role of housing everything from plants, blossoms, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
The Raawii Vaporous Grey bowl designed by Nicholai Wiig Hansen unites both proportion and simplicity to create a distinctly Danish take on elegant design.
UK designer John Pawson, known for his minimal designs with lasting impact, has been collaborating with When Objects Work since 2001. The designer’s namesake bowl is one of the most recognisable objects from their collaboration.