Art For the Birds

Bird vases
West Elm

South Africa is most commonly associated with wildlife on safaris, but in fact the country has a vibrant community of artists and craftsmen that’s pretty wild as well.

This summer West Elm has debuted a new line of furnishings and accessories created through a special collaboration with 16 South African artisans, and the products range from colorful chairs and benches with woven seats to unique lighting fixtures, like an elephant-inspired table lamp. But we were captivated by the collection of ceramic vases that feature Cape Town artist Gemma Orkin’s whimsical interpretations of South African birds. The vases are available in four different shapes and designs.

Vases, $34 each, West Elm.

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