May 21, 2020

8 Playful Designs Add Character to the Home

These eight products from designers such as Sebastian Herkner and Jaime Hayon make playful accents for the home.


Designers: Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse for Houtique

product: Wink

standout: Seeing is believing when it comes to the Masquespacio founders’ optical perch: Its gleaming finish is real 24-karat gold.

Designer: Mae Engelgeer for CC-Tapis

Product: Bliss Big Ultimate

Standout: To reinforce the artful asymmetry in her Memphis-
inspired rug, the Dutch textile designer used a variety of wool and silk pile heights to sculptural effect. 

Designer: Sebastian Herkner for Ligne Roset

Product: Taru

Standout: The founder of his namesake studio debuts a curvy sofa and accompanying ottoman—both dressed in head-to-toe wool-nylon—for the French furniture maker. 

Designer: Elena Salmistraro for Bosa

Product: Bernardo

Standout: The Milanese designer’s ceramic panda is a mindful addition to the manufacturer’s line of animal sculptures, raising awareness for the plight of endangered species. 

Designer: Ben van Berkel for Alessi

Product: Giro

Standout: For Dutch firm UN-
Studio’s first foray into kid-friendly product design, its founder introduces softly styled steel cutlery along with a collection of tableware in recyclable thermoplastic resin.

Designer: Douglas Mont of Rispal

Product: n°14.950 Mante Religieuse

Standout: After reviving the historic French brand in 2018, its
designer-owner updates the company’s iconic 1950s floor lamp
in acetylated pine, fire-treated via the Japanese yakisugi charring method.

Designer: Toni Grilo of Blackcork

Product: Frame

Standout: The Portuguese company’s art director offers a collection of tables including low, side, and console versions, all with a base of additive-free cork supporting a steel structure and glass top. 

Designer: Jaime Hayon for Nanimarquina

Product: Silhouette

Standout: The Spanish designer’s latest for the rug maker comes in both a hand-loomed wool
indoor version and a hand-tufted PET outdoor iteration with multicolor face-sketch motif.

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