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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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Reda Amalou, Tripode Or, Design

Reda Amalou

Tripode Or, 2019 1.6 x 13.4 x 5.9 inch Design

£2,308

Diane Grant, Cerberus - Vase sculpture, Design

Diane Grant

Cerberus - Vase sculpture, 2022 10.6 x 5.1 x 4.7 inch Design

£1,368

Miloslav Klinger, Citrin Vase, Design

Miloslav Klinger

Citrin Vase, 1960 10.4 x 5.5 x 2.4 inch Design

£154

Our recommendations Jan Ernst, Lampe Womb II, Design

Jan Ernst

Lampe Womb II, 2022 19.7 x 17.7 x 8.7 inch Design

£1,539

Léa Ferling, Lune, Design

Léa Ferling

Lune, 2022 15 x 14.2 x 14.2 inch Design

£325

Pien Post, Knot I, Design

Pien Post

Knot I, 2021 19.7 x 9.1 x 2.8 inch Design

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Raphaël Galley, Mobilophone, Design

Raphaël Galley

Mobilophone, 2020 5.9 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch Design

£2,992

Jon Puzzuoli, Queen Florence, Design

Jon Puzzuoli

Queen Florence, 2021 16 x 11 x 11 inch Design

£833

Johann Loetz Witwe, Loetz ornamental shell Zephir Chiné ca. 1897, Design

Johann Loetz Witwe

Loetz ornamental shell Zephir Chiné ca. 1897, 1900 11.8 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch Design

£2,735

Werkstätte Hagenauer, Brass tray, Design

Werkstätte Hagenauer

Brass tray, 1940 1.6 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch Design

£1,026

Catherine Clare (Khépra), Vase gris nervuré, Design

Catherine Clare (Khépra)

Vase gris nervuré, 2008 11.8 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch Design

£598

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

Gustav Gurschner

Bronze vase Gustav Gurschner Kunst-Erzgiesserei ca., 1903 12.6 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch Design

£13,505

Yasemin Yenigün Bakiri, Pray, Design

Yasemin Yenigün Bakiri

Pray, 2011 13.2 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch Design

£855

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

Jean-Christophe Belaud

Only One | Electric Blue, 2021 19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch Design

£1,282

Studio Joachim-Morineau, Mini Arceo, Design

Studio Joachim-Morineau

Mini Arceo, 2022 13.8 x 9.8 x 5.9 inch Design

£312

Josef Hoffmann, Writing Case, Design

Josef Hoffmann

Writing Case, 1924 11.7 x 9.2 x 0.8 inch Design

£2,564

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

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Vase Louis C. Tiffany, Tiffany Studios NY ca., 1902 16.1 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch Design

£2,735

Fabien Guillermier, Table d'appoint Nénuphar, Design

Fabien Guillermier

Table d'appoint Nénuphar, 2022 18.5 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch Design

£1,624

Jessie Derogy, Adfluentia V, Design

Jessie Derogy

Adfluentia V, 2020 9.8 x 11.2 x 11.2 inch Design

£256

Gerlach & Heilig, Hammered Tray 03, Design

Gerlach & Heilig

Hammered Tray 03, 2022 14.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 inch Design

£145

Juliana Maurer, Stena N.05, Design

Juliana Maurer

Stena N.05, 2022 11 x 9.1 x 6.7 inch Design

£393

AuchKatzStudio, Écueil vase, Design

AuchKatzStudio

Écueil vase, 2021 10.2 x 7.9 x 7.5 inch Design

£470

Ying Chang, Frozen Fountain, Design

Ying Chang

Frozen Fountain, 2019 11.8 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch Design

£663

Jodi Pedri, Little Frenchie, Design

Jodi Pedri

Little Frenchie, 2022 20 x 20 x 0.2 inch Design

£333

Camille Chastang, Sous les apparences poétiques, Design

Camille Chastang

Sous les apparences poétiques, 2022 11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch Design

£556

Anne Ghez, Boite lumineuse ocean, Design

Anne Ghez

Boite lumineuse ocean, 2020 12.6 x 9.3 x 2.8 inch Design

£504

Karl Kox, Andy Clock #1, Design

Karl Kox

Andy Clock #1, 2022 13.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch Design

£342

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

Dagobert Peche

Mirror Dagobert Peche Wiener Werkstatte ca., 1922 18.7 x 18.1 x 3.5 inch Design

£55,558

Ada Loumani, Sun, Design

Ada Loumani

Sun, 2019 16.1 x 12.2 x 3.5 inch Design

£2,992

Barbara Kruger, Culture Nature Vase, Design

Barbara Kruger

Culture Nature Vase, 2020 10 x 4 x 4 inch Design

£2,750

Katherine Bernhardt, Untitled, Design

Katherine Bernhardt

Untitled, 2021 10.1 x 10.1 inch Design

£950

Josh Sperling, We All Make the Flowers Grow III (White), Design

Josh Sperling

We All Make the Flowers Grow III (White), 2018 13.8 x 16.5 x 3.5 inch Design

£1,995

Jeff Koons, Assiette Balloon Dog - Yellow, Design

Jeff Koons

Assiette Balloon Dog - Yellow, 2015 10.5 x 10.5 inch Design

£9,402

Philip Hearsey, A Long Way III, Design

Philip Hearsey

A Long Way III, 2017 14.6 x 6.9 x 1.8 inch Design

£1,250

Eric Pottier, Équilibre - 3 pommes noires, Design

Eric Pottier

Équilibre - 3 pommes noires, 2019 13.8 x 5.1 x 6.3 inch Design

£821

Philippe Buil, Lampe Métal 100-21, Design

Philippe Buil

Lampe Métal 100-21, 2020 13.4 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch Design

£727

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

Landry Clément

Hitomi II (LC44), 2020 14.2 x 8.7 x 1.4 inch Design

£983

César Baldaccini, Empreintes, Design

César Baldaccini

Empreintes, 1998 10.6 x 10.6 x 4.7 inch Design

£1,282

Rafal Piesliak, Untitled, Design

Rafal Piesliak

Untitled, 2018 5.9 x 15 x 15 inch Design

£855

Hyun Ae Kang, Mountain, Design

Hyun Ae Kang

Mountain, 2001 12 x 18 x 8 inch Design

£45,811

Guillaume Roche, Génome 6, Design

Guillaume Roche

Génome 6, 2022 15.7 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch Design

£1,103

Our recommendations Anja Hessler, Orbital #3, Design

Anja Hessler

Orbital #3, 2021 15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch Design

£1,162

Our recommendations Silvia Granata, Smoked Raku, Design

Silvia Granata

Smoked Raku, 2010 11.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch Design

£854

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

Jin Eui Kim

OPject - Lower Form, 2017 2.2 x 12.2 x 12.2 inch Design

£850

Our recommendations Bounoure & Genevaux, Apparition 36, Design

Bounoure & Genevaux

Apparition 36, 2021 15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch Design

£2,137

Antoine Vidal, Ici et maintenant (AV11), Design

Antoine Vidal

Ici et maintenant (AV11), 2016 11 x 2.8 x 2 inch Design

£3,846

Beirutmidnight, You Are Solid Gold, Darling, Design

Beirutmidnight

You Are Solid Gold, Darling, 2021 5.1 x 12.2 x 7.3 inch Design

£750

Our recommendations Laurent Lamarche, Dichrochorius, Design

Laurent Lamarche

Dichrochorius, 2016 10.6 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch Design

£2,249

Our recommendations Cornelia Parker, Stop, Design

Cornelia Parker

Stop, 2015 9.8 x 19.2 x 0.3 inch Design

£1,000

Ceramic Matters, Skeef, Design

Ceramic Matters

Skeef, 2019 13.8 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch Design

£1,539

Kuno Vollet, Infinity, Design

Kuno Vollet

Infinity, 2021 18.5 x 17.7 x 3.1 inch Design

£2,992

Catherine de Kerhor, Chat perché, Design

Catherine de Kerhor

Chat perché, 2022 12.6 x 12.2 x 2.4 inch Design

£1,624

Yannick Bouillault, Illumination Process, Design

Yannick Bouillault

Illumination Process, 2020 15.7 x 3 x 3 inch Design

£769

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

Pablo Picasso

Vase avec Decoration Pastel (Ramie 190), 1953 12.6 x 8.7 x 6.3 inch Design

£28,320

Our recommendations Jhon Hansen, Round S, Design

Jhon Hansen

Round S, 2019 18.1 x 14.6 x 14.6 inch Design

£752

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

Paula Mitsue Corrales Kido

Crin Weaving Lamp-Extended Fiber Crin Lamp, 2018 12.4 x 12.4 x 12.2 inch Design

£1,641

Our recommendations Virgil Abloh, Life Itself, Design

Virgil Abloh

Life Itself, 2021 10.5 x 10.5 x 1.2 inch Design

£1,500

Our recommendations Luca Izzo, III, Design

Luca Izzo

III, 2019 11.8 x 9.8 x 14.6 inch Design

£3,846

Nicolas Party, Portrait Plate, Design

Nicolas Party

Portrait Plate, 2021 10.5 x 10.5 x 0.2 inch Design

£1,000

David Mesguich, Dead end, Design

David Mesguich

Dead end, 2017 10 x 11.8 x 2.8 inch Design

£1,368

Our recommendations Jonas Wood, Clipping Plate, Design

Jonas Wood

Clipping Plate, 2021 10.5 x 10.5 x 0.1 inch Design

£1,950

Thomas Carlier, Lampe Alumine Black, Design

Thomas Carlier

Lampe Alumine Black, 2020 12.2 x 6.7 x 4.3 inch Design

£1,111

Fabian Albertini, Totem Vase #4, Design

Fabian Albertini

Totem Vase #4, 2021 15.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch Design

£1,111

Sylvie Guyomard, Lampe noire, Design

Sylvie Guyomard

Lampe noire, 2015 19.7 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch Design

£1,701

Our recommendations André Laurenti, Bag Shopping, Design

André Laurenti

Bag Shopping, 2016 15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch Design

£2,564

Arthur Aeschbacher, Pharmacie Van Lier Namur, Design

Arthur Aeschbacher

Pharmacie Van Lier Namur, 1970 13.4 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch Design

£1,068

Our recommendations Anastasia Kurakina, Lady, Design

Anastasia Kurakina

Lady, 2019 10 x 10 x 0.4 inch Design

£410

David Vaamonde, Black (DV18), Design

David Vaamonde

Black (DV18), 2021 18.5 x 7.9 x 5.5 inch Design

£1,966

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

Ed Ruscha

He up and went downtown, 2020 10.5 x 10.5 x 0.6 inch Design

£3,000

Our recommendations Valérie Le Roux, Bouteille, Design

Valérie Le Roux

Bouteille, 2022 11.8 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch Design

£94

Our recommendations Aude Bray-Deperne, Duo - Alter ego III - blanc, Design

Aude Bray-Deperne

Duo - Alter ego III - blanc, 2022 13.8 x 7.5 x 3.9 inch Design

£256

Paul Richard Mason, Pots Égyptien, Design

Paul Richard Mason

Pots Égyptien, 2019 12.6 x 16.5 x 16.5 inch Design

£2,564

Alain Le Boucher, Bellatrix, Design

Alain Le Boucher

Bellatrix, 2018 11.8 x 4.7 x 11.8 inch Design

£5,470

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