10 Pieces of Quirky + Modern Home Decor That Make a Statement


We all have those pieces in our homes – those one-of-a-kind objects that never fail to spark joy and conversation among guests. Like a mushroom shaped disco ball or a true-to-size, realistic piggy bank, these quirky decor items have a look that’s all their own, making them highly covetable home objects that you’ll want to keep on permanent display. Quirky decor items hold a special place in our design-loving hearts because of their unique ability to inject even the most minimalist of spaces with personality, playfulness, and approachability. From a maximalist foam vase, to a jellyfish inspired table lamp, we’ve handpicked some of our favorite modern and quirky home accents that’ll be fast favorites in your home. Find more in the Design Milk Shop!

 

reality bank in the form of a pig

A standout in award-winning artist Harry Allen’s famed REALITY series, the Reality Bank in the Form of a Pig turns the traditional piggy bank shape on its head. It’s made by casting polyester resins in highly detailed silicone molds to achieve a sculptural, real life (and true to size!) look that’s guaranteed to catch your attention. In this limited-edition run created exclusively for Design Milk in celebration of our 15th anniversary, the Reality Pig is split down the middle in our signature black and white colorway. It’s the coolest pig in town!

$175
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wavy jelly plant stand

This whimsical and wavy plant stand by Queer-owned, Austin based design shop, ObjectLover, makes a perfect pedestal for your house plants, collectibles, your favorite home decor, and pretty much anything you want to take center stage! The compact, 3D printed stand features wiggly legs inspired by jellyfish tentacles and comes in a trio of bright, maximalist color options – making it a quirky and space-saving addition to any room in the house.

$50
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chunk mirror

The sculptural metallic frame on the CHUNK Mirror is made entirely of tin foil (!!) by artist Ward Wijnant himself in his Netherlands-based studio. Expertly folded by hand and shaped under high pressure, the foil frame takes on a quirky shape and elevated texture that creates a modern look with an edge of mystery. This is a mirror that guests will want to look at up close, observing the tactile material and glimmering metallic surface (then their own reflection of course!).

$850
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mushroom disco balls
Photo: @Sofiestdesigns.

These groovy disco balls have taken up permanent residence on my Instagram and TikTok feeds, and I couldn’t love them more. A favorite in the San Francisco based brand’s Disco Therapy collection, Sofiest Designs’ Mushroom Disco Ball is handmade out of styrofoam and covered with mirrored tiles (all adhered by hand!) for a quirky disco ball that’s equal parts modern and psychedelic. Style it on a bookshelf, coffee table, or on a window sill to catch the light and turn your space into a disco wonderland throughout the day.

$40+
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wooj wavy lamp

Originally made in Wooj Design founder Sean Kim’s closet, today every Wavy Lamp is 3D printed and meticulously assembled by hand in Wooj Design’s Brooklyn-based studio. The lamp’s iconic wavy shape is inspired by the shape and movement of comb jellyfish, bringing a quirky, modern touch to any room. We can’t get enough of the warm, ambient glow it emits too, and the fact that the shade is made of an eco-friendly, corn-based plastic is the cherry on top!

$130
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kiki goti squishy vase

Made out of soft, foam stripes squeezed into a striped acrylic base, these quirky vases bring a maximalist look to any home surface that’s as tactile as it is colorful. We love that every piece is designed and handmade to order in Kiki Goti’s Brooklyn studio, which means your Squishy Vase will have its own unique quirks in color and pattern that make it even more special! Whether you fill it with flowers or let its sculptural shape have the spotlight, the Squishy Vase is guaranteed to make a statement.

$300
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ruggism rug in magic circles

Inspired by Russian-born painter Wassily Kandinsky’s famed color study, Farbstudie – Quadrate, the Magic Circles 2.0 Rug is an ode to the artist’s experiences with synesthesia (the ability to see sounds and hear colors), and the abstract visuals that they manifested in his works. Between the rug’s cosmic and unconventional shape, maximalist color palette, and abstract design, Magic Circles 2.0 is the ultimate quirky area rug. You might even consider hanging this on your wall to really let its gorgeous design shine!

$650
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balloon side table

Designed by Christopher Duffy as part of the East London design studio’s UP Balloon collection, the Up Balloon Side Table is as playful and quirky as it gets. Gold and silver balloons give the illusion that they’re floating and gently supporting the round glass table top for a playful effect. On top of their bold, modern metallic aesthetic, the reflective gold and silver finishes on the balloons and the clever contrast of the hard material with soft, delicate subject matter remind us of the beauty of design that doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is an investment piece you’ll never stop marveling at!

$2,500
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squiggly bench with shadow

Expertly made to order by Yedam – a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in San Francisco – the Squiggly Bench is a celebration of quirkiness in life and form. A fun twist on classic bench silhouettes, the Squiggly Bench’s curvy shape offers everyday functionality (it easily sits 2 people), in a more modern and quirky style, making it a fun and practical staple. Slide the bench against your kitchen table, at the foot of your bed, in your workspace, or at your entryway, and prepare for compliments!

$950
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knots studio blue velvet floor cushion in front of bed

For a home accent that’s quirky and luxe at the same time, meet Knots Studio’s Royal Blue Velvet Floor Cushion. Nautically inspired and fashionably executed, this Knot Cushion’s quirky woven shape delivers a plush, smooth texture accented with handmade wooden rings that keep its knotted structure intact – for a sculptural seating solution that’s as stylish as it is functional. Take your pick from their spectrum of color options for a cushion that speaks to your personal style.

$430
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Alexa is commerce editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound, Phoebe. A longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shop picks, she might be buried in a book, binging reality tv or adventuring around her city with her partner and pup.





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