“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

Design tomes, a salient message, mid-century ceramic.
The Ceramic Pottery chair, designed by Pakhalé in 2001.
In the bathroom, a custom ceramic backsplash designed by Meredith and Sample joins an iroko-wood tub created by their students a the University of Toronto.
Ceramic speakers, by Emily Carr University of Art & Design industrial design student Tom Chung.
Hend Krichen is the producer of these vases and containers, made of Tunisian ceramic with copper details.
Sky Planter Ceramic

Designed by Patrick Morris | Boskke
Known for its use of bold color combinations, Jansen+co’s tabletop products combine high quality industrial production with a careful hand finish. A part of the My Mug series, this XL mug is just the vessel to deliver an extra-large serving of morning coffee. This My Mug features a classic shape with a contrasting handle for a distinctive look that—along with that coffee—will brighten your morning. 

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Ceramic cups are a tactile and sophisticated riff on the French style latte bowl. In a pinch, these curved minimalistic, yet tactile cups by Morijana could do double-duty for cereal as well.
Newer designs include a Brancusi-inspired wall vase (left), in which eight conical, cup-like segments have been joined. Kaiser's Stack Vase resembles an upright clay caterpillar in what he describes as a "deliberate kiln accident": The cavity is made from 13 bottomless bowls, which were made and glazed seperately but then fired in a stack and therefore fused together.
Two examples of Kaiser's irreverent Wayward vase silhouette. In the version at left, the cylinder plus sphere combo has a textured surface made by treating dark clay with slip, iron ore, sanding, and repeated firings. The version at right has a platinum overglaze over a matte metallic glaze.
The ceramic vase with curvaceous handles was created by Estudio Manus. "We aim to show people that you can live with precious, unique, delicate objects in a very normal and robust way." —Ike Udechuku

100xbtr produces L.A.-made goods that are timeless in look, yet modern in execution. The firm uses 3-D printers to create the mold that is used for the slip casting of their ceramic mugs.
L.A. design studio 100xbtr created a 3D-printed model to cast the mold used for these ceramic mugs.
Hand thrown on a potter's wheel, this toasty clay colored jar by Paula Lopez-Otero sports a shiny turquoise glaze inside and is topped with a large cork piece.
These thermo cups are designed with function and practicality in mind. With an insulating interior, the thermo cup keeps hot beverages warm, while the outer layer stays cool to the touch. The lid, which keeps contents warmer longer, can also double as a saucer.
Teema Soup Bowl, $24 at the Dwell Store

With the Teema Collection—including this soup bowl—designer Kaj Franck created a range of functional dishes for the home that can be used for more than just serving, including meal prep, heating, storing, and even freezing.
We'd curl up by the fire with this ceramic flask from Miscellaneous Goods Company. $92. Photo by James Ransom.
Foreign designers were also featured prominently at DesignMarch. Finnish ceramics brand Maari showcased vases made from the raku pottery firing technique, which creates unique patterns. The Koivu vase, which is 26 cm tall, resembles birch wood. The brand also offers decorative raku eggs and bark tiles.
Recalling the look of the classic Bauer Pottery design from the 1930s, the Beehive Coffee Mug from the Bauer Pottery Company of Los Angeles features a pronounced handle and a tall profile that is reminiscent—as the name aptly indicates—of a beehive. With undulating ridges that climb the mug just like a hive does in nature, the mug has a sculptural and organic sensibility.