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6 Pieces of Master Craftsmanship to Add to Your Home

Handcrafted and of impeccable quality, these artisan-designed homewares and accessories are a unique combination of style and substance

Marta De Roia, a specialist in design at Christie’s in London, has a profound view on why examples of master craftsmanship are increasingly in demand. “In a society that mostly offers standardized products, consumers are searching for items that offer quality and unicity,” she says. “They are expressing their individuality through their buying choices.”

So, whether you’re looking for limited-edition ceramics, artisanal accessories, or art-inspired furnishings, find truly individual pieces here.

Pale and Interesting

Linck's vases and vessels are a true feat of master craftsmanship
Breaking the mold: Linck's timeless ceramics are all unique, following a tradition of handmade manufacturing that began with Margrit Linck-Daepp, one of the 20th century's most prominent ceramicists.

Linck ceramic studio was set up by the Swiss artist Margrit Linck-Daepp. “We’re a third-generation company,” says Annet Berger, who married into the family and took over as managing owner 10 years ago. As well as collectible one-off sculptures, Linck-Daepp designed ceramics for everyday use, and it is these that Berger’s team of potters now reproduce in limited-edition runs.

All of the white vases and vessels are unique as they are thrown by hand, not made in a mold. “Each one is slightly different because of how the potter works,” says Berger. “I can see if someone was in a good mood when they threw the piece, or if they were feeling a little sad.” Linck generally produces just 30 pieces of any design, working from Linck-Daepp’s extensive archive of drawings.

Wild Things

Turf War Monochrome Large square scarf in russet small
The Turf War scarf by Clare Haggas, a self-taught wildlife artist who specializes in exquisite paintings of British wildlife that are printed on the finest silk twill and hand-finished in England.

Self-taught wildlife painter Clare Haggas began printing her images of birds and horses onto silk in 2017 and now has a range of scarves, pocket squares, cravats, and ties. Her latest collection includes Turf War, which features tussling pheasants; We Three Kings, with kingfishers; and Hold Your Horses, an equestrian design. Each scarf is a work of true craftsmanship, and is hand-finished by master artisans in Worcester, England.

Way to Glow

LED lights hung from the ceiling on crafted straps
Power on: Through its transformative designs, Formafantasma aims to "facilitate a deeper understanding of both our natural and built environments." Image: Courtesy of Formafantasma

When Formafantasma worked with Flos to launch the Wirering light back in 2017, it made ripples in the design world for turning the power cable into a key element. Now, the Italian design studio’s Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin have teamed up with the lighting giant again to produce the Wireline light, where the cable gets even more of a starring role. Long, tubular grooved-glass bulbs are suspended on rubber cables that have been flattened into straps. Available in pink or forest green, these can be installed as a single piece or in entwined combinations, and are designed for spaces with high ceilings.

Tropical Comfort

Table and chair in front of a gray wall
In fine form: Made up of a team of experienced interior architects, planners, and designers, Studioforma is known for its innovation and aims to "rethink the existing" by creating design-driven objects.

Interior designers often talk of bringing the outside in, usually referring to rooms that open onto gardens. But now there is a different way to make your home feel like a beautiful tropical oasis, with the Pam chair by Swiss architecture firm Studioforma.

Pam’s distinctive design was inspired by palms and the structure of their leaves. The trees—echoed in the shape of the tubular, walnut-wood chair—“immediately induce a sense of relaxation and wellness,” according to Studioforma’s design team.

Polished Perfection

A master craftsmanship marbled room screen alongside a sofa
Art couture: Former clothing designer Daniel Syrett blurs the line between art and fashion with these bold, limited-edition room screens, which add a touch of sophistication to any living space.

Fashion designer-turned-artist Daniel Syrett has collaborated with Roome London to produce limited-edition room screens. Working in a laboratory, Syrett pours different nail polishes onto sheets of Perspex—as they dry at different speeds, they create beautiful layered textures.

Roome London has taken three of Syrett’s original pieces and transformed them into super-fine upholstery, which has then been placed in its screens. “There is no reason why art needs to sit on a wall,” says Syrett.

Three designs are available: Alexander, a combination of moody blues and acid green; pink and blue Coco; and John, in rich plum. Roome London works with a range of artists and designers, reinterpreting their creations onto showstopping, textile-rich furniture.

Geometric Style

Tables, vase, decanter, and tumblers
Surgeon-turned-architect Ziad Alonaizy takes a conceptual approach to his work. “I set myself the challenge to create a timeless and conversational design, born from my architectural background and quest for individuality,” he says.

Ziad Alonaizy was an orthopedic surgeon before retraining as an architect, and in 2018 he established his eponymous furniture atelier and design studio. His Aegis collection was inspired by the idea of a birdcage that has been prized open. Handmade in Italy, the pieces—each an example of master craftsmanship—are characterized by an exquisite lattice structure. The collection features coffee, side, and martini tables plus a console and mirror, all available in five metal finishes.

Banner image: The Alexander screen by artist Daniel Syrett for Roome London