Good looks and functionality don't have to be mutually exclusive. As so many contemporary homewares brands and design studios are proving, the two can coexist quite nicely. From sculptural clocks to sleek storage solutions, unique lighting fixtures to playful kitchen appliances, clever design is having a serious moment.

Invest in pieces that will not only look great in your home, but will serve a practical function. Here are a few to get you started.

Industville Brass Swan Neck Wire Cage Wall Light

With its signature metal-heavy aesthetic and emphasis on functional, fuss-free durability, Industville is one of the leading names in industrial-style lighting. This hand-finished swan neck wall light will offer your living space a vintage edge at a fraction of the cost you'd expect to pay for an original piece.

Vitamin Cloak Pendant Lamp

London-based design studio Vitamin is renowned for its minimalist-style pieces that are always imbued with an element of playfulness. This pendant lamp epitomises the brand's meticulous craftsmanship, with a sleek glass dome that encases a beautifully crafted wooden sphere. Hang one by itself or group a few together.

Maze Interiors Only Hooks

Stockholm-based homewares label Maze Interiors has mastered functional Scandinavian design with its minimalist yet characterful furniture and home accessories. These sleek metal hooks, designed by Gustav Rosén, offer a practical and stylish hanging solution for any room of the house.

Discover playful home accessories that will liven up your space.

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