Sculptural design: art pieces made functional

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Sculptural design is something I've started loving before I even knew its name...

I personally have a crush on pieces with particular and eye-catching shapes. And I actually use the word sculptural all the time, as it really fits to describe objects that stand tall and fill the space with their character.
But I didn't actually know that sculptural design was a thing!

Looking through design magazines, Instagram etc. though, sculptural pieces are literally everywhere!
So yes, sculptural design is becoming a design stream and trend in itself. And I’m fully taking the occasion to share some minimal pieces that have a stunning sculptural design!
 

Sofas and Chairs

Legs, cushions, armrests...everything is a good candidate to make the end piece sculptural!

Sculptural sofa with curved back and cushions.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Amour Settee by Consort. Credit: Consort (opened in a new window/tab)
Armchair with sculptural wooden armrests.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Drew armchair by Made.com. Credit: Made.com (opened in a new window/tab)

Tables

Besides a sofa or in a dining area, these tables are great as a conversation starter!

Sculptural coffee table.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Normann coffee tables by Forma&Cemento. Credit: Forma&Cemento (opened in a new window/tab) (via Archiproducts (opened in a new window/tab))
Sculptural minimalist dining room.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Notes table by Living Divani. Credit: Living Divani (opened in a new window/tab)

Vases

Looking at these vases, I'm thinking they would be the perfect vessel to display a modern and extra-minimal Ikebana flower composition! Don't you think?
 

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Oval pendant vase and candle holder.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
POV Oval by Note Design Studio. Credit: Menu (opened in a new window/tab)
Brass minimal vase.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Vase 738 by ACV Studio. Credit: ACV Studio (opened in a new window/tab)

Light fixtures

Lamps are always a good way to set the style in a space, but these lamps would be the perfect way to set my style!

Sculptural pendant lamp with three arms.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Hartau Triple by D'armes. Credit: D'armes (opened in a new window/tab)
Sculptural floor lamp.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Kushi Floor by Kundalini. Credit: Kundalini (opened in a new window/tab)

Other

Sculptural design has come like a huge wave and now everything has a sculptural interpretation (to my great happiness of course)!

Sculptural cutlery.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Skeleton, the new cutlery creation by Nendo. Credit: Nendo (opened in a new window/tab) - Photo by Akihiro Yoshida

See the biophilic inspiration in this coat rack?

Sculptural coat rack.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Seed, coat rack by Durame. Credit: Durame (opened in a new window/tab)

 

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Sculptural fire bowl.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Ellipse, fire bowl by Höfats. One of the winners of Archiproducts Design Awards 2018. Credit: Höfats (opened in a new window/tab)

Negative space is another point here: leaving a sculptural piece alone will highlight the way it fills the space and make negative space a substantial part of the design!

Sculptural watering can.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Plant watering can by House Doctor (opened in a new window/tab). Credit: Darley Avenue (opened in a new window/tab)

Sculptural pieces look best in minimal interiors, where they have space to breath and tell their story without fighting with each other for attention.

Streamlined interior with all sculptural pieces.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Sofa, chair, coffee table, bench and accessories by Bodil Kjær Design (opened in a new window/tab), Cirque Lamp by Giopato & Coombes (opened in a new window/tab), pillow by Salem van der Swaagh (opened in a new window/tab), rug by Woodnotes (opened in a new window/tab). Credit: Giopato & Combes (via Instagram (opened in a new window/tab))
Wood interior with Japanese inspiration.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Private interior in Paris by Kengo Kuma (opened in a new window/tab). Credit: AD France (opened in a new window/tab) (via Instagram (opened in a new window/tab))
Sculptural dining room.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Sculptural dining room styling by House Doctor. Credit: House Doctor (opened in a new window/tab) (via Instagram (opened in a new window/tab))

A minimal sculptural design is also the direction I'm taking in my own home.
I’m not planning to do everything in one go so it will take a while, but if you’ve seen the new purchases I unboxed on Instagram (one of them is in the picture below) you can start to see this is the direction I’m taking! Clean, neat and sculptural (see, I’ve said again!) lines are all I’d want to see around me! Plus, I’m absolutely obsessed with negative space and its power to decorate without adding weight!

Btw, if you don't follow me yet, you're welcome to come say hello on Instagram (opened in a new window/tab) too!

Minimal sculptural vase with a single-leaf arrangement.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Corner of my home. Vase by Depot (opened in a new window/tab). Credit: DforDesign

If all this was not enough to fall in love with this design stream, here is a further point. For their great overall design (a word that includes both functionality and aesthetics), we may actually define sculptural pieces as functional pieces of art. And it feels so good when functional objects double as decorative!

For instance, would you ever have said that this flower design on the back wall is actually part of a radiator???

Sculptural radiator.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Yang Nature radiators by K8 Radiatori. Credit: K8 radiatori (opened in a new window/tab) (via Instagram (opened in a new window/tab))

 
So now that I know that it's a thing, I can actually say I love a sculptural minimal style without looking like a crazy person!
What do you think of sculptural design? Is it something that resonates with you as much as it does with me?

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