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The Blob is Taking Over Glassware

Indescribable... Indestructible! Nothing can stop it!

Jenna Hochman

Is it me, or were blobs extremely comforting this past year?

Something about the lifestyle of alternating between walking the same 600 square feet every day and sitting made me feel not unlike the blobs that accumulated in my home. Over the course of 2020, I acquired: a Talbot & Yoon "Goober" candle, a "Nebula" pillow by Cush Coma, and too many blobby, hand-thrown ceramics to count ...for their company. From what I can tell, I'm not alone; Biomorphic shapes dominated home decor, primarily in the form of candles, bulbous ceramic vases, amoeba-shaped tabletops, shelving with curvy edges, etc. Now it seems The Blob (not to be confused with the 1958 horror movie, nor the 1988 remake) is infiltrating glassware.

The Blob (1958): Indescribable... Indestructible! Nothing Can Stop It!

While the popular blobs of yesteryear played up their viscosity and shock value with boils and wrinkles — the weirder, the better — the 2021 glass update lends the silhouette an elegance. As a material, glass manages to skew both otherworldly and natural, two moods evocative of our current desires to transcend our indoor circumstances and emerge from the last year emotionally.

Small glass bowls by Fabrek

Haute boules by Aesa jewelry

Gil plates by Nathalie Schreckenberg

In the hopes of upgrading your blobby associations from science fiction goop to ethereal works-of-art in miniature, I aimed to compile a list of covetable objects in biomorphic glassware. However, driving home my point that The Blob is a growing phenomenon, so many of the vintage objects I found have since sold! Those available are noted, but consider this roundup your jumping off point for vintage sellers and keywords (scroll to the bottom) to help you find your own blobby glassware.

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Beware The Blob:

AVAILABLE: This misshapen glass vase set is so simple, but So. Good. They look like deflating balloons in the best way, and are perfect bud vases for a chic entryway accent, courtesy of Studio 4E.

AVAILABLE: Pretty Space Happy Face of Brooklyn has the best of the best glassware, seen here with a bloopy glass friend. This catchall is just waiting to hold onto your jewelry, matchboxes, or keys.

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Another key source of biomorphic glass: Toronto's Black Dot Shops is dripping in blob. Notably, the tall, blue vase at left is Murano. The definitive authority on blown glass, Murano makers obviously know when to trust the material and the method and let the blowpipe work its freeform magic. The result is drippy, goopy perfection.

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From Denver's Mile High Co-Op: A teeny blob 🥺, a dollop, who is perfect for your q-tips, matchsticks, bobby or safety pins.

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AVAILABLE: Does anyone wanna admit they have a crush on me and buy me this goopy vintage hand mirror from Richmond-based Casa Shop? My birthday is in July.

These sweet candy dish blobs by Helle Mardahl are so ethereal and fun.

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BOTH AVAILABLE: This catchall (at left) from Bamm Bamm Shop just gave me an amazing idea for a Flubber sequel that's also a Barbie crossover. Admit it, you want to read that screenplay! A tall, wiggly vase (at right) anchored by its blob base.

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Blue Kluk Kluks from Aquarius Retro
Smoked glass Kluk Kluk via LA's Mid City Vintage.
AVAILABLE: Ok, hear me out... I think these Danish Holmegaard Kluk Kluk decanters are going to blow up. Sure their pinched glass looks like a squeeze bottle that's been pushed too far and the object has primarily a Star Trek following, but that's what's cool about them!

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AVAILABLE: The lawful good of blobs, brought to you by Portland's From Another.

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These bubble-stem aperitif glasses from Rosemary Home strike the perfect balance between playful and sophisticated.

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Todo Vintage of Oceanside, CA sold this blush pink flying saucer masquerading as a fruit bowl and I'm still thinking about it.

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To discover more vintage blobby glassware, use these keywords:
— freeform
— misshapen
— amoeba
— biomorphic
— bubble
— art glass
— Murano
— Holmegaard glass
— wonky / wavy

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