Jessica Jungbauer is an editor at iGNANT, an online magazine featuring creatives in the fields of art, photography, architecture and design. Having lived in Paris and Washington DC, she now calls Berlin home and loves exploring new places.
At iGNANT, we’re constantly scouring books, magazines and the web for artists and designers who inspire us. For us, good design is not only about aesthetics, but also about function, and how an idea fits into the larger scope of things. In addition to covering work from established makers, we get a thrill out of discovering emerging artists and designers who are doing great work. One area that’s particularly exciting for us right now is the world of minimalist, European-designed goods for the home — we’re seeing a whole new crop of creative talent popping up in this realm. Here, we’ve assembled a list of contemporary European designers on Etsy who are producing the kinds of furniture, lighting, and decorative accessories we’d happily welcome into our own homes. Which one is your favorite?
Based in the Czech Republic, OlisCupboard specializes in handmade ceramic designs that mimic the textures of spiky succulents and pillow-like tufted upholstery. Who could resist their playful flower pots, which make plants appear to be sprouting out of themselves? They’re the perfect small gift for any plant lover.
Finland-based shop Beanie on Helina focuses on handcrafted goods made of natural materials like linen and paper. Founded by Kais Erkkil, the design brand features whimsical products with the minimalist Nordic aesthetic that we can’t get enough of. We especially like their small zippered pouches, which keep your things organized on the go.
It’s no secret that we love everything concrete, so it’s natural that lighting designer Stefan Gant made our list. The clean-lined geometric lamps in his shop GANTlights are sure to add an industrial touch to any space. Now we only have to decide which one we like best: the pendant light, the hanging lamp or the floor spotlight…
Maria Pavluchenko of belayahvoya lives in Kiev and collects wood in the Ukrainian forests for her timeless tableware items, which range from hand-hewn knives to small bowls. We are particularly drawn to the way Pavluchenko’s products strive to demonstrate that the wood — be it acacia, maple, or apricot — is still alive and has a soul.
Helmed by designer Manuel Barrera, the Madrid-based studio Habitables creates modern furniture pieces inspired by vintage Scandinavian design. Whether it’s a nightstand, a side table or a stool, everything is made on commission — with no middlemen — using only high-quality materials. We like that the products are versatile and classic pieces that can fit into any style of living room.
The Austrian label Less & More first caught our attention with their herb drying rack and desk organizer, both made from locally grown European wood. Then we saw the rest of their line of minimal, solid-wood home and office accessories: their bold geometric forms are a great way to add a quirky touch to any desk or workspace.