Figurines are in the process of experiencing a phenomenal comeback. The great designers of our time, such as Jaime Hayon and Hella Jongerius are now thinking up ideas for these ornaments. And furniture designers have recently shown a soft spot for glass cabinets and covers in which such treasures can be shown off in the home. An increasing return to nature and its values explains the popularity of these figurines. They allow you to bring flora and fauna into your living room.
Wild animals such as the "Zeila" panther from Lalique suddenly sit tamely on the glass shelf. And the proportions of the decorative figures are also fascinating. The "Clara" rhinoceros from Nymphenburg is only 21 cm in height but nonetheless every detail of the gigantic animal is perfectly reproduced. Lladró’s sportsmen make a further feature of the deco figures clear: they manage to capture the moment. Thus the "Sprinter" from Lladró for example stands waiting at the starting line, his muscles tensed and his concentration almost tangible.
As with the animal figurines, the human figurines are very true to life: they seem like real people in a mini format. Such designs are based on very detailed studies by the artist and countless preparatory drawings. What is more, a manufactory needs years of experience to be able to produce such perfect crystal, porcelain or glass figurines. Lladró, Nymphenburg, Lalique and Daum have years of experience in this area – and the result is breathtaking.