Vases, bowls, and design objects that work great as centerpieces or anywhere else in your space
Looking for unique centerpiece ideas? You’ve come to the right place.
This list includes over 20 modern centerpiece ideas that can work all year round. There’s no need to buy an item that stays in storage 364 days a year.
What we love about the minimal vases, modern candle holders, and unique design objects is how each piece can work in different spaces throughout the home. You can also group them together or use an item as a single statement piece.
Keep reading to discover these modern centerpiece ideas.
The Ridge Vase is where sculptural design meets function. It comes in two colors, Off-White and Terracotta. We love both sizes, and this textured statement piece looks beautiful when styled with or without flowers. We especially appreciate the dent in the design that makes it easier for single stems to stand on their own, and also acts as a handle when moving it around the house.
Kristina Dam Dome Vase Collection
Each piece in Kristina Dam’s Dome Vase collection is designed to complement one another. Whether you choose to style them individually or create a vignette with varying sizes, the Dome Vase is sure to be admired and works perfectly as a minimal centerpiece that works on a variety of table sizes.
Dome Vase Extra Small | Dome Vase Small | Dome Vase Medium | Dome Vase Large
Kristina Dam Dual Vase Collection
Featuring 3 different sized vases each made of thick hand-blown glass, this soft and earthy collection complements each other beautifully. We love how they can work as a group on a table or alone if you’re limited on space.
The mouth-blown and hand-painted Small and Large Opal Bowls have a lovely soft shape and silhouette. Both pieces look lovely when styled together or alone as a table centerpiece and are safe to use for serving, too.
You can’t go wrong with any combination of pieces from COOEE Design.
COOEE Design’s signature Ball Vase in its largest size––30 cm––makes for a striking standalone centerpiece, with or without an arrangement. Isn’t this just stunning?!
Love the COOEE Design aesthetic? See more from the collection, including more vase styles and trays, here.
Menu Troll Vase - Amber
These handblown glass vases from Menu were initially designed to study the properties of glass and how the intensity of color changes depending on the thickness. The result is this unique set of vases that change in thickness, from a solid colored base to a thin transparent bubble-like top. With three different sizes, you can choose to use just the Extra Large size as a centerpiece or group them all together to add visual interest.
Menu Troll Vase - Smoke
The Troll Vases are also available in a smoke color. The name comes from a painting by the famed Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen, depicting a mythological water spirit, Nøkken, rising from the dark waters of a forest pond. We love styling the Extra Large vase with a single stem paired with the smaller sizes.
This gorgeous brass candle holder can be displayed as a minimalist focal point in your home throughout the year. This design allows you to decorate it with seasonal ornaments or foliage during special occasions, making it the perfect centerpiece idea for Thanksgiving that you’ll end up using throughout the year. It’s also available in a sharp black brass material.
This half-circle candle holder is a very unique design, taking the sturdiness of marble into a very modern and geometric shape. It makes for a gorgeous centerpiece that could also work nicely on a coffee table or windowsill. Shown here is the white marble, but there’s also a black marble option.
This unique ceramic candle holder for Ferm Living is simply gorgeous. The design allows you to use the bowl to display decorative objects made even more beautiful by the light of the candles surrounding it. The raw natural ceramic adds a grainy, organic texture that is perfect as a modern yet soft centerpiece idea.
Made with solid casted brass or 100% recycled aluminum, the coarse texture and simple form of these candleholders set the scene for a lovely candlelit dinner. Style several together in a cluster on a large dining room table, or just one for an intimate dinner for two.
Created for MENU by Swedish ceramist and designer Cecilia Armand, the Fragilis Bowl is a sculptural object with purpose and poise.
“I wanted to create a modern yet timeless piece that could reflect a fragile, almost sheer form but still with a weight to it,” says Armand on the new design, hand-formed from a single piece of porcelain. “The undulating, organic shape of the bowl evokes a play of light and shadow, changing its expression throughout the day as the shifting light falls on it. Its irregular shape lends personality to a room,” she adds.
This striking Fruit Bowl is part of MENU’s New Norm Dinnerware Collection. Profiling Scandinavian sensibilities, the dark glaze finish is both complex and inspiring; urban and rural – making the series an indispensable and versatile part of every mealtime, from special occasions to everyday dinners.
MENU Interconnect Candle Holder
Interconnect is a candle holder made of simple forms in dramatic proportions. Designed by Colin King, the sculptural design is available in polished brass or painted steel, growing in beauty with every nick or scratch or remaining piece of wax from a lighted candle. “Simple forms become exaggerated and what emerges is an object with a simplicity that speaks volumes,” says King. Here, geometry and dramatic proportions meet on a sculptural object that has a life beyond its intended use.
For a decorative object that invites your attention, turn to the Water Swirl Vases. Made by hand, the translucent glass is formed in a style reminiscent of the whirl and swirl of cascading liquid. We love how light filters through the glass, making it a decorative object that doesn’t require flowers, stems, or branches. Since the vases are formed using a mouth-blown glassmaking process, each vase is unique.
Traditional basket weaving and pottery meet with the Oval Ceramic Basket. This handmade glazed ceramic basket can be used in a multitude of ways, including as a functional table centerpiece.
This centerpiece is part of Ferm Living’s perfectly imperfect tableware series. Its simple shape is offset by the two distinctive elongated handles. See more from the Flow series here.
Through its streamlined and minimalistic form, which balances geometric perfection with ample spatiality, the Krenit Bowl has established itself as a symbol of quality Danish design that is functional, too. While shown here on a sideboard, they are just as lovely as a functional centerpiece. With 5 sizes available, you can have a complete serving set!
Menu Duca Candleholders and Amber Échasse Bowl
Here’s a minimal and classic centerpiece styling we love: Menu’s Duca Candleholders styled with the Amber Echasse Bowl. The name Duca stems from the Latin meaning of the word “Duca,” which is to “extend.” Although it may appear like a classic bronzed brass candleholder, you’re actually able to adjust the height to suit your style, as you can see from the two styled here! We love the details of the rattan wrapped around the lower half.
The Amber Échasse Bowl is the perfect pairing. “Every space has its own spirit, and it’s important that design speaks to both that spirit and the needs of the people who occupy the space,” says German designer Theresa Rand. “With the Échasse series, I worked to create a sense of lightness and playfulness that naturally connects the design to its surrounding – and offers an uplifting solution for elegant living.”
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Batten Home carefully curates Scandinavian furniture designs and minimalist decor objects for the modern home. We are inspired by a Scandinavian aesthetic and Danish design philosophies with a new modern design feel we like to call new Nordic design.