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Inspiration: Seashell Shapes

When the Oregon couple behind The Pursuits of Happiness told us they were releasing a pipe modeled after a seashell, we weren't terribly surprised — shell shapes have been in the air this year, a likely consequence of the overlap between two of design and fashion's biggest ongoing obsessions: organic forms and '80s Golden Girls vibes. Check out some of our favorite examples of the trend below, including the aforementioned Pursuits pipe, which is now available for purchase on Tetra.

The Del Mar Pipe by The Pursuits of Happiness, $95 at

Seashell Totem vase by Los Objetos Decorativos, 100 Euros at

Shell Brooch and Pendant by Sophie Buhai, currently sold out

5321 table lamp by Paavo Tynell for Gubi, 509 Euros at

Vintage glass shell bookends, $120 at

Inspiration: From Bauhaus to Your House

An original Tetra favorite — Object and Totem's Bauhaus Box — is now back in the shop. As its name indicates, the piece, with its raised geometric forms, is inspired by the Bauhaus, the enduringly influential design school established by Walter Gropius in Germany in 1919. (Pictured above is his office, featuring a rug by Gertrud Arndt and wall hanging by Else Mögelin.)

Until it was closed by the Nazi Party in 1933, the Bauhaus championed a radical approach to object and furniture design — utilizing unadorned geometric forms and industrial materials — that feels every bit as fresh and relevant today. Many of its talents went on to become icons in the U.S., including Mies van der Rohe, Josef and Anni Albers, and Marcel Breuer. (Fun fact: the first woman to study metalworking there, Marianne Brandt — who went on to run the metal studio — created one of Tetra's most popular ashtrays.)

Here are a few of our favorite objects and interiors created by the school's designers.

Cradle by Peter Keler, 1922

Bauhaus furniture by Marcel Breuer and Bruno Weil. Copyright MODERN XX/ Galerie Modern Design Berlin


Fruit bowl by Josef Albers, 1923

Chess set by Josef Hartwig, 1924

A Bauhaus interior featuring chairs designed by Marcel Breuer

House of Dr. Rabe (1930-31) by Adolf Rading, with interior decorations by Oskar Schlemmer


Inspiration: The Return of Art Deco in Design

When it comes to decorating, small details make a big difference. Case in point: Our new 1940s-era vintage Art Deco ashtrays ($35, pictured below), which lend a subtle, graphic touch to any coffee table and are lightweight enough to move easily between indoors and out. The striking geometric ribbed shape has a sophisticated feel that harks back to a century-old movement that's now trending in the design world.

Short for Arts Décoratifs, the style originated in Paris in the early 20th century and became popular in the 1920s. By interpreting old-world luxury and glamour through a modernist lens, Art Deco balanced beauty and function — and its standout examples of design and architecture are more relevant than ever today.

Here are a few of our favorite Art Deco references — old and new.


The Strand Palace Hotel, England, 1909

Unknown Art Deco interior

The Odeon Cinema, London, 1937

The Glass Salon, designed by Paul Ruaud, with furniture by Eileen Gray, 1932


The Hotel Saint Marc, Paris, designed by Dimore Studio

Velvet sofa by Modshop

Cabinets by Dimore Studio