These Women Designers Are Creating Era-Defining Furniture and Objects

Around the globe, from Brazil to Nigeria, they are blazing a new design trail.

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爱博体育下载All around the world, it’s now more clear than ever—the women of the global design community are at the top of their craft, constantly innovating their mediums. The female designers and artisans that follow are just a few among the many who are creating the world’s most era-defining furniture and decorative objects—click through to see them and all of their fabulous designs.

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of ELLE Decor.

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Witfchaq Abia
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Tosin Oshinowo, Nigeria

“I look to celebrate my Yoruban heritage in all my work, and I am constantly looking for ways to update classical aesthetics to make them modern.”

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Àdùnní Chair by Tosin Oshinowo

爱博体育下载Using locally sourced wood and indigenous Yoruba textiles, the celebrates the beauty of Nigerian craftsmanship. $1,390.

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Marcos Cimardi
3 of 20
Carol Gay, Brazil

“You can always find new ways to work with glass, which nowadays is my material of choice.”

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Onda Amplifier by Carol Gay

爱博体育下载Carol Gay’s are made from handblown glass and offer a stylish and unique alternative to traditional speakers. $600 each.

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Beril Gulcan
5 of 20
Merve Kahraman, Turkey

爱博体育下载“I’m very nostalgic, which is perhaps why I was inspired by the Cassini-Huygens probe mission to Saturn when designing my lamp. I love working with natural and sustainable materials. Their defects are so beautiful.”

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Cassini Lamp by Merve Kahraman

Inspired by the eponymous 20-year-long space mission that aimed to discover more about Saturn, the brings extraterrestrial influences back down to earth. $3,500.

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Peter Claesson
7 of 20
Hilda Hellström, Denmark

“The opposing ideas of control and chance are at the core of my work. With every choice I make, I also bow to the will of the materials and to that of gravity.”

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Rosalina Kruse Serup
8 of 20
Inside Plinth and Vase by Hilda Hellström

The , made from Jesmonite, show off the material’s unique reactions to manipulation. $11,153.

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Yinan Xia
9 of 20
Lani Adeoye, Nigeria

爱博体育下载“My inspiration comes from my heritage. I research cultural objects and the traditional craft techniques of Nigeria.”

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Talking Stools by Lani Adeoye

Studio Lani’s are made of handwoven floor mats, manipulated to act as upholstery textiles. $850 each.

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Elad Sarig
11 of 20
Ayala Serfaty, Israel

爱博体育下载“I enjoy infusing inanimate objects and materials with a sense of soul, one that reflects poetry, history, or the human body, which inspired this series of works.”

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Soma: Wisteria by Ayala Serfaty

Named after the Greek word for body,爱博体育下载 is made from hand-manipulated glass rods covered in a polymer membrane. $75,000.

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Akiko Hirai, Japan

“I make up a narrative before designing new pieces. They do not have clear story lines, but they have emotional content. My work is produced in a half-deliberate and half-intuitive way.”

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Daniel Dent
14 of 20
Day & Night by Akiko Hirai

In each of her works, ceramicist Akiko Hirai draws on traditional Japanese pottery techniques. embraces the juxtaposition of the materials and its crystalline glaze. $8,500.

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Abiola Renee
15 of 20
Mimi Shodeinde, England

爱博体育下载“I look for my muse everywhere—in music, fashion, art, architecture, nature, you name it.”

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Dip Loungers by Mimi Shodeinde

Mimi Shodeinde of transforms typically bulky wood into intricate shapes full of movement, as seen in her Dip Loungers. $2,265 each.

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Terek Moukaddem
17 of 20
Nada Debs, Lebanon

“I like to experiment with new techniques and to combine natural materials like wood and stone with ones that are man-made.”

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Jawz Fauna Cabinet by Nada Debs

爱博体育下载Nada Debs’s cabinet is a collaboration with fashion designer and storyteller Salim Azzam. $6,500.

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Ieva Kalēja, Latvia

爱博体育下载“My piece is a combination of the richest and poorest materials: gold and corroding steel. It is designed to provide a feeling of well-being and will add balance and harmony to any space.”

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Queen Lamp by Ieva Kalēja

, $1,544.

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