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Small Format Design

Recent trends in contemporary art have meant that we've grown accustomed to large scale pieces, be that huge canvases, enormous sculptures, or giant installations.

However, the miniature has always been an important part of contemporary art. Be it paintings, sculpture, or photography as well as small format drawings, the reduced dimensions of the artwork puts new constraints on the artist, forcing them to develop their techniques and artistic finesse.


Jeff Wall, an American photographer known for his large scale photographic prints on huge illuminated boxes, has said that “the scale of a piece is not about the dimensions of it, but about the internal tensions within the composition".


Believe it or not, miniature pieces have many advantages. Smaller formats allow the artists to show off a different range of talents and techniques, and sometimes even create the impression of a much higher quality piece – such as engravings or prints. Creating a miniature is a sure sign of precision and skill.

They are also more practical to exhibit than the enormous artworks: we've all got a little space on a shelf ready to welcome a miniature sculpture, photo or drawing.


Another very practical aspect of miniatures is the myriad possibilities for display: you could put together a full shelf of statuettes, or even a dedicated framing wall – which is an increasingly popular method for display, and makes for the perfect decorative addition to a living room or bedroom. It's a mixed composition made up of an array of pieces – you guessed it – all on the same wall. The diminutive size of the miniatures also makes it easier to make sure your favourite pieces are displayed in pride of place.

Even artists who are known for their monumental works are slowly getting into miniatures, like Jeff Wall in his exhibition at the Cartier Foundation.


The miniature is making a big name for itself as a growing trend across the contemporary art world; from Gaspard Mitz, who creates tiny versions of the interiors of famous art galleries in his 'Box Stories', to the photography of Samsofy, who recreates scenes from daily life with miniscule Lego 'actors'.  


Last but not least, the small scale of the pieces means that even big names come with small price tags, meaning that miniatures make excellent presents. So, go on, what are you waiting for? Browse our selection of miniature works now…

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Our recommendations Jan Ernst, Lampe Womb II, Design

Jan Ernst

Lampe Womb II, 2022 50 x 45 x 22 cm Design

$1,866

Pien Post, Knot I, Design

Pien Post

Knot I, 2021 50 x 23 x 7 cm Design

$975

Reda Amalou, Ella, decorative box, Design

Reda Amalou

Ella, decorative box, 2016 6.5 x 33 x 23 cm Design

$513

Tanya Klyat, Oysters, Design

Tanya Klyat

Oysters, 2018 12 x 36 x 3 cm Design

$1,046

Gustav Gurschner, Bronze vase Gustav Gurschner Kunst-Erzgiesserei ca., Design

Gustav Gurschner

Bronze vase Gustav Gurschner Kunst-Erzgiesserei ca., 1903 32 x 13 x 13 cm Design

$16,383

Titien, Lampe Mini Building Jaune, Design

Titien

Lampe Mini Building Jaune, 2020 35 x 12 x 12 cm Design

$1,452

Diane Grant, Cerberus - Vase sculpture, Design

Diane Grant

Cerberus - Vase sculpture, 2022 27 x 13 x 12 cm Design

$1,659

Johann Loetz Witwe, Loetz vase decor Olympia ca., Design

Johann Loetz Witwe

Loetz vase decor Olympia ca., 1901 25.8 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm Design

$3,007

Louis Comfort Tiffany, Vase Louis C. Tiffany, Tiffany Studios NY ca., Design

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Vase Louis C. Tiffany, Tiffany Studios NY ca., 1902 41 x 12 x 12 cm Design

$3,318

Gerlach & Heilig, Hammered Tray 03, Design

Gerlach & Heilig

Hammered Tray 03, 2022 36 x 13 x 2 cm Design

$176

AuchKatzStudio, Écueil vase, Design

AuchKatzStudio

Écueil vase, 2021 26 x 20 x 19 cm Design

$570

Anne Ghez, Boite lumineuse ocean, Design

Anne Ghez

Boite lumineuse ocean, 2020 32 x 23.5 x 7 cm Design

$612

Camille Chastang, Sous les apparences poétiques, Design

Camille Chastang

Sous les apparences poétiques, 2022 30 x 30 x 4 cm Design

$674

Josef Hoffmann, Smoker's set Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte ca., Design

Josef Hoffmann

Smoker's set Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte ca., 1923 32 x 32 x 32 cm Design

$18,664

Our recommendations Studio Joachim-Morineau, Mini Arceo, Design

Studio Joachim-Morineau

Mini Arceo, 2022 35 x 25 x 15 cm Design

$378

Werkstätte Hagenauer, Brass tray, Design

Werkstätte Hagenauer

Brass tray, 1940 4 x 26 x 26 cm Design

$1,244

Dagobert Peche, Mirror Dagobert Peche Wiener Werkstatte ca., Design

Dagobert Peche

Mirror Dagobert Peche Wiener Werkstatte ca., 1922 47.5 x 46 x 9 cm Design

$67,397

Jean-Christophe Belaud, Only One | Electric Blue, Design

Jean-Christophe Belaud

Only One | Electric Blue, 2021 50 x 50 x 3 cm Design

$1,555

Miloslav Klinger, Citrin Vase, Design

Miloslav Klinger

Citrin Vase, 1960 26.5 x 14 x 6 cm Design

Sold

Léa Ferling, Lune, Design

Léa Ferling

Lune, 2022 38 x 36 x 36 cm Design

$394

Fabien Guillermier, Table d'appoint Nénuphar, Design

Fabien Guillermier

Table d'appoint Nénuphar, 2022 47 x 50 x 50 cm Design

$1,970

Juliana Maurer, Stena N.05, Design

Juliana Maurer

Stena N.05, 2022 28 x 23 x 17 cm Design

$477

Catherine Clare (Khépra), Vase gris nervuré, Design

Catherine Clare (Khépra)

Vase gris nervuré, 2008 30 x 12 x 10 cm Design

$726

Ying Chang, Frozen Fountain, Design

Ying Chang

Frozen Fountain, 2019 30 x 40 x 15 cm Design

$805

Karl Kox, Andy Clock #2, Design

Karl Kox

Andy Clock #2, 2022 34 x 34 x 6 cm Design

$311

Jodi Pedri, Little Frenchie, Design

Jodi Pedri

Little Frenchie, 2022 50.8 x 50.8 x 0.5 cm Design

$400

Raphaël Galley, Mobilophone, Design

Raphaël Galley

Mobilophone, 2020 15 x 40 x 20 cm Design

$3,629

Cdrik, Lampe Baril Campbell’s, Design

Cdrik

Lampe Baril Campbell’s, 2021 46 x 20 x 20 cm Design

$995

Jeff Koons, Assiette Balloon Dog - Yellow, Design

Jeff Koons

Assiette Balloon Dog - Yellow, 2015 26.7 x 26.7 cm Design

$11,406

Barbara Kruger, Culture Nature Vase, Design

Barbara Kruger

Culture Nature Vase, 2020 25.4 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm Design

$3,383

Philip Hearsey, A Long Way III, Design

Philip Hearsey

A Long Way III, 2017 37 x 17.5 x 4.5 cm Design

$1,538

Philippe Buil, Lampe Métal 100-21, Design

Philippe Buil

Lampe Métal 100-21, 2020 34 x 11 x 10 cm Design

$881

Eric Pottier, Équilibre - 3 pommes noires, Design

Eric Pottier

Équilibre - 3 pommes noires, 2019 35 x 13 x 16 cm Design

$995

Our recommendations Landry Clément, Hitomi II (LC44), Design

Landry Clément

Hitomi II (LC44), 2020 36 x 22 x 3.5 cm Design

$1,192

César Baldaccini, Empreintes, Design

César Baldaccini

Empreintes, 1998 27 x 27 x 12 cm Design

$1,555

Rafal Piesliak, Untitled, Design

Rafal Piesliak

Untitled, 2018 15 x 38 x 38 cm Design

$1,037

Guillaume Roche, Génome 6, Design

Guillaume Roche

Génome 6, 2022 40 x 30 x 25 cm Design

$1,338

Our recommendations Anja Hessler, Orbital #3, Design

Anja Hessler

Orbital #3, 2021 40 x 40 x 40 cm Design

$1,410

Our recommendations Jin Eui Kim, OPject - Lower Form, Design

Jin Eui Kim

OPject - Lower Form, 2017 5.5 x 31.1 x 31.1 cm Design

$1,046

Hyun Ae Kang, Mountain, Design

Hyun Ae Kang

Mountain, 2001 30.5 x 45.7 x 20.3 cm Design

$55,000

Our recommendations Silvia Granata, Smoked Raku, Design

Silvia Granata

Smoked Raku, 2010 30 x 25 x 25 cm Design

$1,036

Jon Puzzuoli, Queen Florence, Design

Jon Puzzuoli

Queen Florence, 2021 40.6 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm Design

$1,000

Our recommendations Laurent Lamarche, Dichrochorius, Design

Laurent Lamarche

Dichrochorius, 2016 27 x 20 x 20 cm Design

$2,700

Our recommendations Cornelia Parker, Stop, Design

Cornelia Parker

Stop, 2015 24.8 x 48.7 x 0.8 cm Design

$1,230

Our recommendations Ceramic Matters, Skeef, Design

Ceramic Matters

Skeef, 2019 35 x 45 x 45 cm Design

$1,866

Kuno Vollet, Infinity, Design

Kuno Vollet

Infinity, 2021 47 x 45 x 8 cm Design

$3,629

Pablo Picasso, Vase avec Decoration Pastel (Ramie 190), Design

Pablo Picasso

Vase avec Decoration Pastel (Ramie 190), 1953 32 x 22 x 16 cm Design

$34,000

Catherine de Kerhor, Chat perché, Design

Catherine de Kerhor

Chat perché, 2022 32 x 31 x 6 cm Design

$1,970

Yannick Bouillault, Illumination Process, Design

Yannick Bouillault

Illumination Process, 2020 40 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm Design

$933

David Mesguich, Dead end, Design

David Mesguich

Dead end, 2017 25.5 x 30 x 7 cm Design

$1,659

Luis Pérez Calvo, AC-DC (Unplugged Vase #4), Design

Luis Pérez Calvo

AC-DC (Unplugged Vase #4), 2017 45 x 25 x 25 cm Design

$1,179

Beirutmidnight, You Are Solid Gold, Darling, Design

Beirutmidnight

You Are Solid Gold, Darling, 2021 13 x 31 x 18.5 cm Design

$900

Antoine Vidal, Ici et maintenant (AV11), Design

Antoine Vidal

Ici et maintenant (AV11), 2016 28 x 7 x 5 cm Design

$4,666

Our recommendations Jhon Hansen, Round S, Design

Jhon Hansen

Round S, 2019 46 x 37 x 37 cm Design

$912

Paula Mitsue Corrales Kido, Crin Weaving Lamp-Extended Fiber Crin Lamp, Design

Paula Mitsue Corrales Kido

Crin Weaving Lamp-Extended Fiber Crin Lamp, 2018 31.5 x 31.5 x 31 cm Design

$1,991

Our recommendations Virgil Abloh, Life Itself, Design

Virgil Abloh

Life Itself, 2021 26.7 x 26.7 x 3 cm Design

$1,845

Our recommendations Luca Izzo, III, Design

Luca Izzo

III, 2019 30 x 25 x 37 cm Design

$4,666

Nicolas Party, Portrait Plate, Design

Nicolas Party

Portrait Plate, 2021 26.7 x 26.7 x 0.5 cm Design

$1,230

Our recommendations Jonas Wood, Clipping Plate, Design

Jonas Wood

Clipping Plate, 2021 26.7 x 26.7 x 0.2 cm Design

$2,399

Thomas Carlier, Lampe Alumine Black, Design

Thomas Carlier

Lampe Alumine Black, 2020 31 x 17 x 11 cm Design

$1,348

Our recommendations Bounoure & Genevaux, Apparition 36, Design

Bounoure & Genevaux

Apparition 36, 2021 40 x 40 x 5 cm Design

$2,592

Fabian Albertini, Totem Vase #4, Design

Fabian Albertini

Totem Vase #4, 2021 40 x 15 x 15 cm Design

$1,348

Sylvie Guyomard, Lampe noire, Design

Sylvie Guyomard

Lampe noire, 2015 50 x 19 x 19 cm Design

$2,063

Yasemin Yenigün Bakiri, Pray, Design

Yasemin Yenigün Bakiri

Pray, 2011 33.5 x 17 x 17 cm Design

$1,037

Arthur Aeschbacher, Pharmacie Van Lier Namur, Design

Arthur Aeschbacher

Pharmacie Van Lier Namur, 1970 34 x 29 x 1 cm Design

$1,296

Our recommendations André Laurenti, Bag Shopping, Design

André Laurenti

Bag Shopping, 2016 40 x 30 x 4 cm Design

$3,111

Our recommendations Anastasia Kurakina, Lady, Design

Anastasia Kurakina

Lady, 2019 25.5 x 25.5 x 1 cm Design

$498

Our recommendations Nicolas-Pierre Réveillard, Around the sixth Void, Design

Nicolas-Pierre Réveillard

Around the sixth Void, 2018 28 x 26 x 12.2 cm Design

$3,629

David Vaamonde, Black (DV18), Design

David Vaamonde

Black (DV18), 2021 47 x 20 x 14 cm Design

$2,385

Our recommendations Ed Ruscha, He up and went downtown, Design

Ed Ruscha

He up and went downtown, 2020 26.7 x 26.7 x 1.5 cm Design

$3,690

Our recommendations Valérie Le Roux, Bouteille, Design

Valérie Le Roux

Bouteille, 2022 30 x 10 x 10 cm Design

$114

Sophie Théodose, Sculpture Entrelacs, Design

Sophie Théodose

Sculpture Entrelacs, 2018 21 x 30 x 35 cm Design

$3,940

Alain Le Boucher, Bellatrix, Design

Alain Le Boucher

Bellatrix, 2018 30 x 12 x 30 cm Design

$6,636

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