Character Study: The New Face of Home Decor

Brass, wicker or ceramic — say hello to the new anthropomorphic “it” pieces



There’s a spirit of whimsy taking over interiors as designers, makers and purveyors embrace the human form with their latest homewares and furniture offerings. Take, for instance, the made-to-order hand-pinched porcelain soju cups — with precious painted visages — by Glendale-based artist Rami Kim, whose background in animation informs her work. Or Anissa Kermiche’s quirky derriere-shaped ceramic pot — part of the jewelry designer’s inaugural home line — which can function as a flower pot, vase or stationery holder. From functional art pieces to collectible objects, we’ve gathered a body of work that makes a case for the idiosyncratic trend.


ANISSA KERMICHE Popotin Pot Blanc pot, $80.
CHRIS WOLSTON Nalgona 01 dining chair, price upon request, at The Future Perfect.


CARL AUBÖCK bookends, $785, at Lawson-Fenning.


KELLY WEARSTLER Narcissus bowl, $995.
RACHEL SAUNDERS CERAMICS Woman vase, $188, at Garmentory.


RAMI KIM STUDIO Face soju cups, $40 each.


CARMEN ELLIS Face vessel, $450.
CHASING PAPER Lady Body removable wallpaper, $40/panel.



Feature image: CARMEN ELLIS Face vessel in terra-cotta, launching January 2020.


This story originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of C Magazine and has been updated as of Oct. 17, 2019.

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