Part III—Perfectly Imperfect Vessels

2019 Trends in Review

As one year draws to a close and we look forward to the next, let's reflect on the style trends that blossomed in 2019 and forecast which are likely to live on in 2020. Here's some of our predictions, the last in this three-part story.

"Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional." Thus begins Leonard Koren's 1994 book Wabi-Sabi, which helped spread the traditional Japanese aesthetic philosophy to the West. In the past year, Pamono has seen an explosion of sales in contemporary vases and vessels that express pleasure in the perfectly imperfect—across a range of media, with something for everyone.

Exploiting the oozing drippiness of resin, New York-based Italian architect-designer Gaetano Pesce offers an endless selection of charismatic, brightly colored vases. If you're tastes run toward the classicist, check out the work of Berlin-based Israeli designer Aya Zehavi, who uses broken and repaired molds to create cooly subdued white porcelain vases. For industrial-style lovers, look to the Dutch studio of Tim Tevin and his crumpled steel Pressure Vases. And for the traditionalists, there's Italian architect-artisan Gaetano Di Gregorio , who has developed a ranch of terracotta vessels using clay waste and industrial semi-finished products for ceramic-based construction.

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