Is it me, or were blobs extremely comforting this past year?
Something about the lifestyle of alternating between walking the same 600 square feet every day and sitting made me feel not unlike the blobs that accumulated in my home. Over the course of 2020, I acquired: a Talbot & Yoon "Goober" candle, a "Nebula" pillow by Cush Coma, and too many blobby, hand-thrown ceramics to count ...for their company. From what I can tell, I'm not alone; Biomorphic shapes dominated home decor, primarily in the form of candles, bulbous ceramic vases, amoeba-shaped tabletops, shelving with curvy edges, etc. Now it seems The Blob (not to be confused with the 1958 horror movie, nor the 1988 remake) is infiltrating glassware.
While the popular blobs of yesteryear played up their viscosity and shock value with boils and wrinkles — the weirder, the better — the 2021 glass update lends the silhouette an elegance. As a material, glass manages to skew both otherworldly and natural, two moods evocative of our current desires to transcend our indoor circumstances and emerge from the last year emotionally.
In the hopes of upgrading your blobby associations from science fiction goop to ethereal works-of-art in miniature, I aimed to compile a list of covetable objects in biomorphic glassware. However, driving home my point that The Blob is a growing phenomenon, so many of the vintage objects I found have since sold! Those available are noted, but consider this roundup your jumping off point for vintage sellers and keywords (scroll to the bottom) to help you find your own blobby glassware.
AVAILABLE: This misshapen glass vase set is so simple, but So. Good. They look like deflating balloons in the best way, and are perfect bud vases for a chic entryway accent, courtesy of Studio 4E.
These sweet candy dish blobs by Helle Mardahl are so ethereal and fun.
To discover more vintage blobby glassware, use these keywords:
— art glass
— Holmegaard glass
— wonky / wavy