Constructed from sturdy metal and shaped like a staircase, Poketo’s Steps Bookend promises to be a functional, design-forward piece that works on a bookshelf or desk. Available in cheerful colors (seafoam, coral or dark blue), the hand-painted piece keeps books upright and in place while adding color and whimsy to any room.
Made in Turkey from 100% organic cotton, these soft and cozy candy striped towels from Australian brand Hommey are made to elevate your bathroom or beachside style. Available in eight different colorways (from the resort vibes of baby blue and white, to bright pink and yellow hues) there’s a combination to suit everybody. Price is in AUD.
These retro Wave Shape glasses are playful but sophisticated. Available in four colorways (blue, green, brown and transparent), they are crafted from borosilicate glass and suitable for cold or hot drinks. Safe for dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators, these glasses were made by Frankfurt-based Walltify in collaboration with Nalde Limited Studio in Singapore.
Cast in Bamford London’s signature matte black and aqua blue colorway, this bespoke, resin “Heart” Snoopy figurine furthers the brand’s relationship with the iconic Peanuts character (after the “Joe Cool” release in 2021). Like the first iteration, this accessory, which stands at 27 cm, is limited to 48 pieces and crafted in France by the Leblon Delienne sculpture workshop. But unlike the first, this aptly endearing take on the pop culture character hugs a heart—a thoughtful reminder to spread love. Price is in Pounds.
Osaka, Japan-based candlemaker Olga Goose balances the cute with the off-kilter in a kind of Art Brut manner. This butterfly candle is no exception, with its cheerful face and bright colors. Entirely handmade, it promises a subtle fragrance and a vibrant look.
Australian artist Kate Rhode (represented by Pieces of Eight Gallery in Melbourne and Culture Object in NYC) creates wildly colorful, playful objects with resin. With an appearance like an artifact from a fairytale, each unique Chrysanthemum Bowl has been hand-cast in food-safe resin and whether in use or not it adds whimsy to a room. Price is in AUD.
Handmade in Lyon, France, these tiled floating shelves not only provide storage without taking up floor space, they also add color and whimsy to interiors. They’re available in various hues from pastel green to vintage yellow and crème, terracotta, orange, blue and more; buyers also have the option to choose grout color. Though they’re miniature (measuring 200 by 160 by 200mm), they’re as durable as they are charming thanks to a sturdy bottom made from agglomerated wood and a back which includes four thick stripes of heavy-duty tape that can hold up to 100kg.
Sold as a set of four (two green and two striped), these handmade coasters by Ugly Rugly are inspired by the hypnotic, blobby shape of amoebas. Delightful and mesmerizing, these pieces are made from 100% poly rope that is water-, UV- and mold resistant, ensuring the playful colors and space invader-shape endure through time.
Geometric and unconventional, designer Zanwen Li’s lamp illuminates by connecting the magnets embedded within its two interior orbs. The aptly named lamp balances traditional woodworking with clever technology, creating an illusion of warm light passing through the curved frame when turned on. Powered by USB, this minimalist lamp (available in natural wood, burnt orange, black, navy and grey) adds a soothing touch to any interior.
Italy-based Seletti’s Hybrid Tea Cup looks as if two different sets of ceramics have been cut in half and fused together. This delightfully disjointed design combines traditionally Western and Eastern aesthetics atop uneven Bone China porcelain. Playful with a touch of elegance, the Zenobia tea cup and saucer in particular charm in a unique way.
Designed by Ethan Cook for HAY, the Flat Works Rug is drawn from the Brooklyn-based artist’s vibrant, woven wall art, which often features irregular blocks of color. Available as a rug (in two sizes) or a runner, there are various color combinations and patterns to choose from, but all strike a balance between bold and subdued, creating a happy medium that will suit many different decor styles. Price reflects the smaller of the two sizes.
Warsaw, Poland-based design studio Siup crafts fun, experimental lamps, vases and figurines. The Minty Bubble Lamp—with its calm pastel and unconventional, bulbous form—perfectly embodies whimsy. Handmade and one of a kind, this ceramic lamp (compatible with a 30W tungsten bulb) is replete with an on/off switch and pale pink cord. Price is in Euros.
The brown, cream and caramel swirls of this set of four round coasters add a little dazzle to any table setting. Made from hand-poured acrylic resin, the coasters (which measure 9.8cm in diameter) come with a Deco-inspired holder to elegantly store each intricately patterned piece. Price is in AUD.
Coming in several fun shapes, DOIY’s collection of “Mystic” ceramic boxes provides playful ways to store jewelry and trinkets. Available in various shapes—including this heart, as well as a sun, moon and crystal ball—these vessels are practical but offer a touch of magic. Price is in Euros.
These espresso cups with large, looping smiles make drinking coffee a touch more humorous. Sold in a set of four, they are hand-cast and hand-glazed in Brussels and are dishwasher safe. A yellow-tinged, graffiti-reminiscent smiley face embellishes each of these unique porcelain cups with character—and no two are exactly alike. Price is in Euros.
From Wing on Wo & Co—the oldest continuously operating store in NYC’s Chinatown and the last one to specialize in Chinese porcelain—comes a series of luscious silk lanterns. Ranging from intricately and decadently detailed with pom poms, to block colors including pastel lime, orange and more, these lanterns enliven any room. Prices range from $25 to $50.