I first discovered Julie Bonde's stunning porcelain spheres, or 'bonbonnieres', leafing through European interiors magazines. I was fascinated by their perfect forms – like huge pearls sitting on a sideboard or coffee table. When I travelled to Julie’s hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark, I tracked down her studio to see her exquisite work in the flesh. Now, some two years later, I'm thrilled to finally bring bonbonnieres to Australia.
Julie's design journey started early. At the age of 4, she was taught to draw houses in 3D by her construction engineer/carpenter father. Her family home was designed and built by her father, and Julie reminisces that aesthetics, high quality materials and craftsmanship were prized in her family.
Julie graduated from Copenhagen's Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in 2008. After working ceramic at powerhouse Royal Copenhagen for a year, she decided to create her own studio, named Uh La La Ceramics. Julie works primarily with her favourite material - porcelain - which reflects a fusion of functionality and beauty. Her mission is to create ceramic objects that invite people to both use and admire. Her minimalistic geometric shapes, considered colour palette, and impeccable craftsmanship are perfect examples of Danish Design.
"I like the idea of creating something that you want to use and keep for many years, something that you get emotionally attached to." Julie Bonde, 2016
Julie's creations reflect her Scandinavian design heritage and her personality; soft, subtle yet innovative.
If your home is missing that little something to make it special, an artfully-placed bonbonnière or two, may just be the solution. The perfect porcelain spheres will grace your coffee table, side board, kitchen or bedside table with stylish aplomb. I know you'll love them as much as we do.
Images by Lean Timms