Sublimely simple Japanese-inspired designs

US designer Vincent Pocsik’s desk accessories are sleek and sculptural

Clockwise from top left: wood and bronze bookends, $850 for a pair; wood and brass box, $1,300; wooden bowl with bronze top, $800; ebonised walnut tray, $1,200
Clockwise from top left: wood and bronze bookends, $850 for a pair; wood and brass box, $1,300; wooden bowl with bronze top, $800; ebonised walnut tray, $1,200

When my LA-based design consultant friend Sean Yashar makes an artistic recommendation, I tend to listen. He always seems to spot emerging design talent before anyone else, and his latest discovery – a tabletop collection by artist Vincent Pocsik – is no exception. Indeed, a pair of his sculptural, Japanese-inspired bronze and wood bookends ($850) created exclusively for LA design boutique Lawson-Fenning now adorn my living room. 

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This entire capsule collection, with its soft, undulating shapes, is wonderful – from a wave-like wooden bowl with a gleaming bronze top ($800) to an ebonised walnut tray ($1,200) that doubles as an objet d’art. “The designs are inspired by what the Japanese aesthetic achieves through simplicity,” says Pocsik. “I’ve always loved the smooth curvature that is created on a rock when water has been flowing over it for thousands of years.”

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These influences can be seen to striking effect on a wave-patterned bronze dish ($450), which can be used for collecting everything from coins to keepsakes, and a super-simple yet incredibly stylish wooden lidded box ($1,300) with brass accents. The latter would look lovely on my desk, and I warrant its gentle contours would even have a soothing, zen-like effect on my workspace

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