These 8 Objects Demonstrate Interior Design’s Playful Side

From an animal-shaped cushion to a spiky mirror to a donut-inspired chair, these whimsical new accessories show that maximalism is back.

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Childlike forms are popping up everywhere, mimicking animals, doodles, and whimsical objects—but designed for adults. Maybe this proliferation resonates with a collective penchant for escapism. Or young creatives’ embrace of playtime’s productive dimension. Or a contemporary interest in sensorial maximalism. Whatever the impetus, the surge in playful design is cause for optimism, suggesting an inventive, irreverent streak charting new courses in products and interiors.

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