When it comes to expressing your personal style, it’s all in the details. Introducing our new Shape Studies collection, a line of sculptural earthenware vases that look incredible together — or separately! — and fit in with all kinds of decor styles. We asked six tastemakers we love to style these pieces in their own homes in a way that reflects them. Take a look and get inspired below!
Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt
Check out the Shape Studies Vases + Objects on westelm.com!
The Senior Style + Market Editor at Architectural Digest uses the collection to playfully mimic shapes within his existing pieces.
“To create a visually interesting space, I find that it’s important to mix a few different materials together throughout your space. For my work I see so many interesting pieces in the market, and I love how these decorative objects can become sculpture in a small space. They’re such a great find!”
“I chose to style the Large Cube and Small Cube on my small side table together, because I love how their form interacted with some of the art in my living space — especially the vintage moon print I found at a local map shop. I adore the simple geometry and texture of these pieces. The floating open circles remind me of the moon phases which I love to think about. They feel quiet and help to calm down my layered space.
This arrangement works well because I’m pairing their solid forms with a thin vintage painted metal lamp from Mexico. The mottled ceramic adds an almost metallic texture to my space which is predominantly warm woods and bold textiles. It’s a nice material mix.
I love a white vase as they can go anywhere and are so useful to have around for impromptu floral arrangements. Occasionally plopping a rather tall one down in a corner can work wonders.”
With a smart hack, this delightfully over-the-top plant stylist makes the vases work for his growing collection.
“While I normally wouldn’t plant in a pot without a drainage hole, for these I placed stones and horticultural charcoal at the base to create a buffer between runoff water and the plants roots. This arrangement works because they don’t take up much floor space and can pop from the other planters you place around it.”
“What I like about these vases is that they look great with plants that grow vertically instead of out. Their sleek slender shape really help make the plant stand out as in on a pedestal.”
The copywriter, lifestyle writer + former florist finds a balance between a craving for simplicity and a love of tchotchkes.
“My style is a mix of rustic and modern. I love the warmth of salvaged wood and cluttering horizontal surfaces with the stones and shells we’ve found on beaches from our travels. Same goes for dried grasses and flowers that I’ve carefully smuggled on flights back home.
The geometric lines of the collection got my attention. They all play off each other so nicely. I love the Arched Votive. It has so much character while also being understated and modern—it really brings so much to the table.”
“It’s nice to see all these tchotchkes I’ve pocketed and clipped from nature, but our apartment is small and it starts to feel pretty crowded pretty fast. Our spot upstate is a different story—things have more space to breathe up there—we painted the wood floors white so it feels airier and more sparse than our apartment. I think all the years of living on top of everything had us craving sparse simplicity.
We’ve got a lot of neutral earth tones happening up there which has felt really nice but lately I’ve been appreciating color and geometric shapes (empire lamp shades, rounded furniture) and trying to inject layers of color and prints and a little bit of quirk into things.”
The stylist, editor + art director at Out magazine plays with form in his neutral bedroom.
“Because there’s usually so much going on in my head, I like to have a neutral space. I also tend to dress in calmer colors and focus on adding texture through a mix of materials. It’s the same in my space—warm woods, nubby textiles, and lots of art.
I like that this collection lends itself to a lot of different arrangements and is all about form. I found it was easy to play with scale, which is always fun to do and lends itself to one of my favorite pastimes: rearranging things. My favorite piece is definitely the angled handle vase—such a cool shape.”
Terri Chiao + Adam Frezza
This artistic duo takes every opportunity to play with their surroundings.
“We live in a former textile factory in Bushwick and we love to play with the quirky space. We are practicing artists and we think of our home as a major part of our work. It is a place for daydreaming.
We sometimes think of decoration as a swear word; we feel it has a tendency to make things seem superfluous and trivial. Instead we like to think of each moment in our home as an opportunity to create something, a still life of how we live. The placement of objects can really start to resonate meaning and evoke all kinds of responses. Nothing in our environment is ever ‘complete,’ rather, it is a living thing that is constantly changing and breathing through our awareness and attention to it.
We love minimalist Japanese and Scandinavian design approaches which seem to also make room for special objects carefully placed and help bring attention to the things we surround ourselves with while also recognizing the passing of time.”
“We love the thought and care potential that a living environment provides. We play with things in our apartment almost every day.
We see endless opportunity in every corner of every living environment. We like to recognize that we are empowered to make changes to our own environment however we like. Each moment in our home is a sort of still-life, and it’s great fun to see how moving one thing can really change the context of the entire room.”
Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt
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