Helica Carnea by Anouk Omlo (profile view)

Helica Carnea by Anouk Omlo (top view)
All images via Inhabitat

ooooh another year of Milan Design Week has already been and gone, and once again I haven’t made it there! Maybe next year. Luckily there’s so much coverage on the net, you can get your annual fix of international design without the jet lag (or price tag).

Inhabitat‘s 2008 Milan coverage started with the gorgeous ceramic work of Dutch designer, Anouk Omlo. Her ‘Helica Series’ reflects the shift in high end design towards handcrafted, decorative flourishes, and a gradual move away from the minimalism that has saturated the market in recent years.

The Helica Series is inspired by the mathematical repeating patterns found in nature. I love the soft pink/brown hues, and the delicate shapes of each pointed petal… gorgeous stuff. What do you do with it? I don’t know. Does it matter?

Omlo’s work is exhibited as part of the Dutch collective Design Factory Brainport Eindhoven, and can be found in the Zona Tortona area. (actually the Design Factory website is worth a browse for more kooky dutch designs…)