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Home Styling | Four Ways to Create a Sculptural Feel

3.25.2019

A few weeks ago I launched a new series, Home Styling, with the view to offering more ideas and inspiration around styling at home. I've been looking back through the archives - I used to do an 'Interior Styling' series - and there are topics I'm planning to revisit, but today's theme around sculptural elements is one I haven't specifically touched on before. It has however been something I've often referenced, especially throughout my Musings + Moodboards posts. Lately I've been introducing sculptural pieces to my home and styling and we're also seeing a lot of sculptural elements in design right now.

The home of interior designer Emma Blomquist photographed by Andy Liffner for Residence Magazine 

Sculptural pieces fit perfectly into homes that have a gallery feel. Those that are light and airy with a pared back, elegant aesthetic, and beautiful displays of art. Granted, this aspirational style of home can be high-end (as demonstrated in the image above). While I do recommend choosing furniture as investment pieces that you will have for a long time, I also believe you can inject some sculptural touches into your home on a smaller scale/budget.

From higher end pieces through to smaller accents, here are four ways to help you achieve the look.

— Furniture, Lighting and Plinths —

There are some beautiful curved sofas on offer currently. Being so recent, the Gubi Stay Sofa that I used in this living room shoot instantly springs to mind, and I love seeing them paired with the contrasting lines of plinth-style tables. Display plinths needn't be expensive. I picked up both of ours from plant shops, and gave them a couple of coats of Dulux paint. They provide a great place to display smaller sculptural pieces.

My DIY living room plinth displaying our sculptural Kristina Dam bowl 

When it comes to sculptural style furniture, curved forms and abstract shapes fit the bill perfectly. Here are some of my current picks.


The new ferm Living collection includes some beautiful sculptural design pieces. A piece of art in itself, the Insert Side Table is a favourite. H&M Home has a sculptural focus with playful rounded shapes and forms in their latest collection of furniture and lighting. See more of the new collection at Residence Magazine


The Kashmir Chair designed by Simon James for Resident features a steel frame offset by a curved tailored backrest. I absolutely love this sculptural element. Circular stitching details incorporated into the backrest give the chair a strong sense of modern craftsmanship.


The curved Dandy Sofa by Massproductions is long-time favourite and I also love their new Puddle Table, both pictured below. With softly bevelled edges, the Puddle has a sculptural organic form that makes it both interesting and functional. Also available in oak, see the range of Massproductions on offer at Simon James Design.


Danish designer Kristina Dam has a signature sculptural style that she carries throughout her collections. The Curved Pouf, a modern blend of aesthetic elegance and casual comfort, has a rounded organic expression. Made from the finest grey-brown aniline leather, the sturdy pouf can be used as a seat or foot rest. 



When it comes to lighting, look for designs that feature rounded forms or sharp angled lines. The VV Cinquanta wall lamp by Astep from Good Form features a two-armed design that gives a striking sculptural shape, as well as multiple lighting positions.

Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt

I'm loving the new lighting collection by Danish sculptural lighting designer Tom Rossau.


— Art and Object —

From ceramics and carved wooden pieces, through to Grecian busts and metal candle holders, it was hard to narrow this one down! I've chosen some favourites from both international and local designers. 

Sculptural Wooden Vessel by NZ designer Walk in the Park, with a selection of pieces available at Tessuti

Sculptures by Swedish designer Kristiina Haataja, with selected pieces available from Curatorial+Co

Bone; a series of solid brass sculptural bowls by Tom Dixon

The Knot by Stockholm-based sculptor Tove Tengå

Macaroni Vase by Rachel Saunders

Handcrafted Hygeia sculpture by Mercer & Lewis

Ceramic series by NZ artist Emma Badeia

Jeff Candleholders by Studio ac-s

New Collection sculptural pieces by ferm Living, the Ania range is a favourite

Archi Sculpture by Kristina Dam

— Second-Hand and Etsy Finds —

I have several sculptural second-hand finds at home including the beautiful bust sitting by my daybed. On the shelves below I have a smaller bust, marble sphere and clam shell. All of these were from vintage furniture and homeware store Babelogue, one of my favourite local haunts. 

Styling by Michelle Halford for TDC


Trade Me and Etsy are also great places to source unique sculptural finds. Here are a few that I've rounded up. 

Ceramic Tripod bowls from Etsy

Single Marble Sphere by Found By Fourth

Clam Shells from Babelogue

Miniature Ancient Green Roman Torso from Etsy

— Foliage —

An easy way of creating a sculptural statement for home is with interesting foliage, fresh or dried flowers and indoor plants and trees. I created the arrangement below with some overgrown foliage I had trimmed from along our driveway. So simple, the pretty grey-green leaves and wayward branches make a big impact. 

Styling by Michelle Halford for TDC

Magnolia branches are another favourite. For beautiful dried flower arrangements, my go-to is Mark Antonia, and a recent discovery My Father's Florist

Beautiful magnolia styling via Ledansla


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