“Hands are the tools of tools.”
Picking up where the artisans and the philosophers left off, hands have carved out (molded? grabbed?) a place for themselves in home décor, from vintage glove forms and high art to mass-produced reproductions of same. For those of us who love boho home decor, they add an element of "quirk" to our spaces.
A few weeks ago I ran across these handsome photos on Bliss at Home…
That golden all-hands-on-deck vase caught my eye immediately, and I love how the photographer led me further and further into the picture with successive closeups and different angles. It’s a beautifully appointed living room from head-to-toe. Or should I say, hands down?
But it’s the vase that has me in its grip.
Since then I’ve run across more than a few variations on the hand motif in interior design. Were they always there, waiting for me to scoop them up? Or am I pointing fingers at something new? Check out what I found…
Catch the wave
Whether this hand is saying hi or bye, waiting for a catch, fingering some jewelry, or simple looking pretty, as it most certainly does on this bedside table, I want one. I’m a big fan of white porcelain in dishes and decorative items because of its sculptural quality, so finding a source will be #1 on my to-do list. This photo is from the same home as the gold hands vase; see more photos of it here.
Raise your hands…or Hands up!...or I surrender! Which?
Pia Ulin’s moody photos are as compelling as the space designed by Lotta Agaton. I feel like giving in, so this must be a hand of surrender. I love the stark contrast of the white hand against the black wall and the white bedding lurking in the shadows. Follow the link for more photos of this home.
|Anders Bergstedt via Stadshem|
The photographer uses selective focus to blur this hand, which makes it seem to usher us into the sharply focused inner sanctum of this comfy living room. Perhaps it's the hand of fate? See more photos of this home on Delikatessen.
Hand in hand
Two hands really ARE better than one, right? The tone-on-tone grays in the hands and the wall color add subtle texture to the room. And check out that mantel lamp fashioned from a wine bottle. It doesn’t really need to work, you know? You could use this as a way to keep an unopened bottle (swerve for another pun) close at hand.
This wall of helping hands was designed by Alissa Sutton Interiors and was found on The Style Envelope. That mirror-bordered mirror is to die for and has its hands full reflecting all its wall pals.
Hand gestures may be an early form of texting but are still very much in use. People may read the same gestures differently and you wouldn’t want to be accused of an offhand remark.
The Internet says this gesture means “Rock on” and is big among metal bands. All I know is, it hurts MY hand when I try to make it.
An extension of the ‘arm’ chair, literally
Artist Pedro Friedeberg unveiled his original hand chair, made of wood and covered in gold leaf, in 1962. Since then his original design has sold hand over foot. Er…uh…I meant to say it’s sold more than 5,000 copies, including those pictured here. Friedeborg also designed hand clocks (see some examples on 1st Dibs) and paved the way for surrealist furniture designers in the mid-20th century.
This space designed by Michael Herold Interiors has my kind of quirk--two left hands. And is it just me, or do the hands appear to be all thumbs?
Okay, I’ll stop. Maybe.
I’d need a hand up to sit on this wood hand. Care to help? This piece works so well in this space as a color accent to the sofa and that one-of-a-kind, live-edge coffee table. Beautiful!
|Found on Interiors by Studio M|
Somebody put a drink in this guy’s hand; he seems to be waiting for it. I like the look of the hand chair, but I think it might function better as a table. Besides, that GORGEOUS gray velvet sofa has lost its arms and needs the help.
See more rooms with hand chairs on Interiors by Studio M.
For the high-handed only
This "handelier" (really, this is one I did NOT make up) is made from perforated vintage aluminum glove molds fitted with special Edison bulbs. Details at EcoFirstArtist.
And if you've put up with my puns this far...
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