Award-winning ceramics designer Hitomi Hosono, whose inspiration is rooted in both Japanese and European cultures, has teamed up with the ceramic masters at Wedgwood to create a new collection. The kasumi vase has an elevated quality that has been captured through layers of delicate, individually crafted daisies that appear to tumble out of the opening. Each tiny flower has been hand-applied to the Jasper vase, of which there are only five in the world.
By using a special alloy and the ancient technique of sand casting, designer Beatriz Ball creates homewares with the look and shine of silver, but without the need for polishing. She built her own foundry in Mexico in 1991 and works with local artisans to create beautiful yet functional products made from 100-per-cent recycled materials. Her collaboration with silversmiths Arthur Price of England includes 16 pieces.
In search of inspiration? The Benjamin table/writing desk is a piece perfectly designed to get the creative juices flowing. By Paris-based Samuel Accoceberry, the sleek architectural piece (part of Flexform’s new Mood collection) comprises overlapping lacquered wooden tops in shades including, China blue, supported by solid legs clad with marble. And there is an option of adding a chest of drawers to match the top.
Created in 1977, the L’Artisan Parfumeur Amber Ball is unlike any other home fragrance. Each sphere is made from terracotta that is hand-carved and chiselled, so no two designs are the same. Inside is a solid crystal form of the brand’s signature Amber perfume – a blend of vanilla, patchouli, tonka bean and incense. Holes allow air to flow and circulate the aroma around the room.
TextTurned off, the Inception mirror by Timophy Oulton appears to be an elegant yet simple Art Deco-inspired piece with a matte-black and bronze-edged frame. Turn it on, however, and the hand-applied shards of rock crystal that line the inner frame emit a gentle glow and reveal a seemingly endless line of reflections. Glamorous and mesmerising, it’s a dramatic statement piece for any home.