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Still Life Inspiration for Interior Design

We at Decoist are big fans of the still life photography revival! Not only has it breathed new life into the realm of product photography, it can teach all of us a thing or two about styling our own homes with personality. Today we’re spotlighting the work of distinct design forces–one individual and two design studios–all of which have embraced still life styling in unique ways. Get ready to be inspired…

Eric Trine

Let’s begin with the work of Eric Trine, an object-based studio artist whose projects range from decorative objects for the home to small scale/build projects for commercial clients. Learn more about Eric here.

Visual study by Eric Trine Still Life Inspiration for Interior Design
Visual study by Eric Trine

As interesting as Trine’s design skills is the way he produces compelling visuals with his creations. Below we see his Double Octahedron Pedestal. Above we see a version of the pedestal in an amazing sculptural vignette involving a plant, a spherical container and other objets d’art.

Double Octahedron Pedestal by Eric Trine Still Life Inspiration for Interior Design
Double Octahedron Pedestal by Eric Trine

About his images, Trine says, “They aren’t projects, they aren’t pieces, they’re just practice – and they only exist (now) in their documentation. They are visual studies.” He continues, “The elements in any given arrangement are a time stamp of what I have in my studio – It’s a myriad of client projects, personal projects, commissioned furniture, product developments, plants – all within arms reach.”

The work of Eric Trine
The work of Eric Trine

Trine inspires us to take what’s within our arm’s reach and create something memorable. Do you ever think about individual decor items as pieces of a larger puzzle? Candle holders, plates and planters become artist’s tools, ready to be divorced from their original intention and combined into something new. If you’re interested in Trine’s products specifically, you can shop his collection here.

Project by Eric Trine
A project by Eric Trine

From planters and incense holders to tables and woven chairs, Trine’s pieces are colorful, geometric and innovative. Below we see a collection of coasters, burner bowls and more:

Design by Eric Trine
Design by Eric Trine

Trine’s images remind us that special touches such as tropical greenery and geo backdrops can enhance our own interiors. There is magic in everyday objects!

Sculptural styling by Eric Trine
Sculptural styling by Eric Trine

Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Next we showcase Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, a Seattle-based design studio founded by Dylan Davis & Jean Lee. L&G Studio offers a range of artistically created products, including home decor goods, lighting, furniture and more. Below we see the Forward/Slash desk lamp, which boasts a form inspired by a sun-dial. [Note: photos in this section of the post are by Charlie Schuck]

Forward Slash Lighting by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Forward/Slash Lighting by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio (photo by Charlie Schuck)

Forward/Slash is a perfect representation of the Ladies & Gentlemen aesthetic. As stated on the studio’s site, “…L&G Studio’s playful explorations in materiality blend their resourceful curiosity with the desire to find unexpected pairings of material and function. Their open, multidisciplinary approach to design yields an unexpected, ever-evolving set of ideas and experiments collected from their everyday discoveries, explorations, and surroundings.” This openness to unexpected combinations of materials is at the heart of the still life movement.

Atlas by L&G Studio and John Hogan
ATLAS by L&G Studio and John Hogan (photo by Charlie Schuck)

Above we see a selection from ATLAS, a series of table lights resulting from a collaboration with glass designer John Hogan. Each ATLAS lamp features a glass optical diffuser hand-crafted by Hogan, as well as a corian and metal base created by L&G Studio. Below is a still life-style photo of Hogan’s glass diffusers, which are embedded with materials such as iridescent glass, mirror and silver leaf:

ATLAS lighting from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
ATLAS lighting from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio (photo by Charlie Schuck)

Next is SHAPE UP, a lighting series that celebrates mixed materials and geo forms. Lampshade shapes include cone, arc, cylinder and glass sphere. Once again, the glass pieces are created by John Hogan:

SHAPE UP lighting from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
SHAPE UP lighting from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio (photo by Charlie Schuck)

Still life styling is used to display the lighting series in the images below. Some of our favorite still life staples from the past couple of years include grid backdrops, noodles (yes, we’re talking about the pool toys!), and sporting equipment.

Photos by Charlie Schuck
SHAPE UP by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio (photo by Charlie Schuck)

The offerings of Ladies & Gentlemen studio not only inspire unconventional combinations of materials, they remind us to think outside of the box and make bold choices when it comes to our own creations. Not to mention, they highlight the benefits of collaboration in all creative endeavors, including the projects we take on in our own interiors.

Arro Home

We end with a series of images from Arro Home, a homewares and lifestyle label that offers soft furnishings, textiles and decor in colorful designs, prints and patterns. Arro Home’s product photography celebrates still life style, as shown in the image below featuring pieces such as the Zig Zag Vases (pictured at the far right):

Vases from Arro Home
Vases from Arro Home

The Microscope Tea-Towel Set and other offerings can be seen in the beautifully styled vignette below. Carefully placed objects that look good enough to eat are a consistent feature of still life photography. No wonder so many still life images feature edible items!

Tea towels from Arro Home
Tea towels from Arro Home

The Mono Stripe Cushion rests atop the stack of textiles in the next image. Note the striped table that displays these vibrant items. Many of today’s top product photography shots place special emphasis on elements such as background hues and clever combinations of patterns:

Bold cushions from Arro Home
Bold cushions from Arro Home

Next we see the Microscope Cushion and other intriguing designs, accompanied by a bowl of minerals and treasures. Each special touch stands out in this photo, just as artful arrangements and curiosities have the power to shine in our own homes!

Patterned cushions from Arro Home
Patterned cushions from Arro Home

The next image exudes a sense of playfulness, an important component of today’s still life photography. Arro Home’s Black Cat Cushion is the topper of this stack:

Cushions from Arro Home
Cushions from Arro Home

The Geo Placemat is among the kitchenware showcased below. Mixing patterns is a winning choice in this image, just as it can be in your interior. Arro Home’s product photography reminds us to get creative when it comes to styling surfaces that range from tabletops to the tops of our sleeping spaces!

Kitchenware from Arro Home
Kitchenware from Arro Home

Ready to add some still life style to your home? A special thanks to Eric Trine, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and Arro Home for inspiring today’s post!

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