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August Trend Forecast: Organic Shapes are Dominating Design

Organic shapes and forms can be seen in so many aspects of design of the past. And with the rising movement of handcrafted objects recently, we are seeing a huge outpouring of artists and artisans with contemporary designs that incorporate incredible shapes and curves.

Ceramic masterpieces grace the pages of magazines such as Kinfolk and truly represent what it means to be unique. It’s for this reason that I believe organic shapes are going to dominate the interior landscape moving forward. So let me tell you a bit more about them…

(Above image via inspirahouse.com)

organic shapes in design Dino Designs ceramics on the life creative

Organic Shapes: Trend Background

We’ve all seen Frank Ghery’s Guggenheim museum that features sweeping planes and staircases, and have admired glossy, glazed works seen in galleries; but there are a huge selection of items that are practical for your home.

In our increasingly technological world, handmade pieces allow us to really focus on the essentials. The tactile quality of these pieces will always be a special experience, a way you can feel a connection with the artist; something you rarely find with mass produced items. Pottery classes are growing in huge numbers, as people realise the significance an item created personally can bring to their home.

The 15th Century Japanese idea of Wabi-Sabi inspires so many today, with principles of finding beauty in imperfection, and above all, authenticity. It’s all about showcasing the unique attributes of the material used and showcasing them in the best way possible.

This trend is all about expression. The time and care that artists and designers take to create such interesting objects should be celebrated”.

(Above image via Dino Designs, below via Karry Gallery)

Karry Gallery ceramics organic shapes in design on TLC Interiors

How to use Organic Shapes at Home

This trend is all about expression. The time and care that artists and designers take to create such interesting objects should be celebrated. It’s time to embrace imperfection in design and use pieces to either complement clean lines or to completely flip the script and embrace your new curves.


You’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to tableware in organic shapes. Forget about matching white dinner sets, and try mixing it up! Choosing a few statement bowls or plates can liven up your next dinner and is sure to start a conversation. There’s an unlimited supply of shapes and colours as each piece is unique. Having exciting objects to enjoy your meals with adds another level of satisfaction to any gathering. For tableware ideas that stray from the norm, check out this post.

Make a Statement

If you’re looking for the perfect piece to fill your wall, or have that one perfect space on your shelf or console then consider a  piece of sculptural art. Organic art gives a sense of depth to a space as it offers more ways to interact than a two dimensional print. They will naturally command attention, so remember to give them space to shine or pair with pieces with more clean lines for balance.

Think Small

While I encourage larger statement pieces in the home, some of the most beautiful organic shapes come from those that are pint sized. The beautiful watercolour set by Mountain Pottery below is a perfect example.

Before heading to purchase a standard glass vase, take a look around at some of the more interesting, hand made ways you can display your bunch of flowers. There are even toothbrush and soap holders that will add a point of difference and personalise your bathroom vanity.

organic shapes in design mountain pottery watercolour set by Mr Kitly

Where to Shop for Organic Shapes

Below I’ve curated some of the best finds on the market that showcase the beauty of organic shapes. Click on the links to head straight to the retailer website – and drop me a comment below letting me know which one is your favourite.

 organic shapes in design on TLC Interiors

Top Row

Whitewater Wrap Bowl via Clay Canoe
Wheel formed function wares by Andrei Davidoff
Large Resin Rock Jug via Dinosaur Designs

Middle Row

Extra Large Bowl by Sarah Ormonde
Resin Flow Soy Dish via Dinosaur Designs
Crucible 1 Terracotta Vase by Alana Wilson

Bottom Row

Sake Pitchers by Studio Gala
Tierra Mug and Bowl via Freedom
Feuille Porcelian Plats via Ginkgo Leaf

Do you love the organic shapes trend? Are you already applying it at home? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts with me.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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