‘Quirky’ is a word you’ll often hear applied to home accessories – sometimes it just means that teapot you like comes in orange as well as grey, and sometimes it means that teapot is shaped like a banana!
Our dictionary defines ‘quirky’ as ‘having or characterised by peculiar or unexpected traits or aspects’. That can mean that something isn’t what you expect it to be – like plant pots that turn out to be lamps – or that something is challenging and unusual.
With that in mind, we’ve set out to find some quirky home accessories that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but will certainly prove a talking point!
Orange London brick vase, Stolen Form
Here’s something that conforms to the dictionary definition of ‘quirky’ – this vase looks like a brick! Designers Stolen Form have reimagined the humble London Brick and re-appropriated it to become a sleek ceramic vase. It’s made in London, and is available in a range of colours. £34, available from Sir Gordon Bennett.
Lilac, blue and green chopping board, Louise Mead
Who says kitchenware has to be boring? Made from toughened glass, this colourful cutting boards/worktop saver has silicon rubber feet to prevent slipping. You can use them for placing hot pans, or protecting your dining table from serving dishes. £25, available from Louise Mead.
Freddie Mercury tea towel, National Theatre
We absolutely love this tea towel, which is also available as Amy Winehouse, David Bowie or Prince. In fact, you might even be able to persuade a volunteer to dry up for you! Made in the UK from 100% cotton, it costs £12.50 from the National Theatre.
Gold stitched paper bowl, Quazi Design
Handcrafted in Eswatini using discarded magazine pages that have been layered together and stitched into place with simple black thread, each one of these decorative bowls is unique, with little words and letters peeking out through the design. The product starts its life as a magazine, which is then cut up by hand and crafted by local women, employing and empowering them through skill sharing so that they can earn a living wage. These bowls are decorative rather than hard-wearing, but would look lovely filled with pine cones or pot pourri or with chocolates for a gift. £15, available from Postcards Home.
Super Duper cushion, Mint & May
You can never have too many positive messages around your home! Remind yourself how great you are on a daily basis which this cheerful cushion. Made from faux suede and complete with a fibre insert, it will add a pop of colour to any bed, chair or sofa. £29.95, available from Mint & May.
Houston bottle opener, Doiy
Make yourself smile every time you open a bottle with this astronaut bottle opener, made made from durable heavy iron. It stands upright so it’s always ready to hand, and costs £19.99 from Yes I Want It.
Hello coat rack, Block Design
This New-York-inspired coat rack holds at least 5 items of clothing and provides a welcoming addition to your hallway. Made of a single length of powder coated steel, it’s also available in grey and costs £38 from Block Design.
Hamish the Highland cow footstool, Red Candy
This sturdy footstool is covered with synthetic fur and stands firmly on four wooden legs, so he won’t tip over while you’re watching telly! Also available in a range of other animals, including pig, elephant and sheep. £79, available from Red Candy.
What do you think of these quirky home accessories…do you love them, or hate them? Tell us in the comments below!1