Published on May 15, 2018

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Courtesy of Dinosaur designs

No longer relegated to the arts and crafts table, all things poured, swirled, spun, and stirred are currently making major waves in the realm of interior design. Dubbed the “liquid effect” (think wildly colorful whirlpools and marbled marvels), spin art-inspired home decor recently topped Etsy’s latest trend predictions for 2019.

Oozing forms and spiraled surfaces are just the beginning for this up-and-coming trend. Ahead, a few must-follow designers who are way ahead of the curve, and eight inspired creations—from swirly ceramics to splattered textiles—that let you bring the liquid look home.

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Beach Carafe, Helen Levi Ceramics, $150.00

Need a stylish spot to store this summer’s never-ending supply of homemade lemonade? This too-cool carafe—which is actually three different stonewares marbled together on a raw clay exterior—by self-professed “pot-ographer” Helen Levi is arguably the raddest way to serve your drink of choice.

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Outdoor Zoe Bios Pillows, West Elm, $27.00

Thanks to their brushstroke movement and abstract curves, these indoor-outdoor pillows promise to introduce much-needed intrigue to a dormant corner or boring patio.

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Courtesy of Covet + Lou

The Sun Will Rise Again Planters, IIIVVVYYY, $60.00 – $64.00

There’s something especially comforting about an object that succumbs to its most basic shape. In the same way agate appears puddle on top of itself, these ceramic planters—the perfect homes for your favorite succulents—are one more reason to love layers.   

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Swirl Baking Dish, MoMA Design Store, $21.00 – $27.00

Created using a traditional marbling technique that dates back to 15th-century Anatolia, this baking essential is a visual treat for the unpredictable chef. Because each steel piece has been hand-dipped and swirled in enamel, each dish is totally unique.

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Courtesy of Elnaz Nourizadeh

Great Otway Mug, Elnaz Nourizadeh, $57.00

Painterly patterns and fluid forms are two things Melbourne-based ceramicist Elnaz Nourizadeh does best. Though her work also encompasses the highly sculptural and purely decorative, we’re big fans of her everyday pieces—like this charming blue mug.

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Concrete Octavia Bowl Max, Coming Soon NY, $850

Splashed in an array of vibrant hues, this dynamic collector’s item is at once erratic and decidedly deliberate. Crafted from pigmented concrete by Canadien atelier, Concrete Cat, its fundamental makeup explains its haphazard behavior and seemingly accidental design.

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Orb Jar, The Pursuits of Happiness, $40.00

Known for their whimsical accessories and handmade oddities, The Pursuits of Happiness is a must-visit destination for those in search of nostalgic and artistic finds. Given this vessel’s melted and surreal quality, we’re guessing even Salvador Dali himself would have been proud to display this stunning jar in his home.

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Courtesy of nomess

Water Tea Towel, Nomess, price upon request

A direct reflection of the messes it was designed to clean up, this ultra-chic kitchen towel serves as a vibrant reimagining of the movement of the ocean and other liquid bodies.

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