Garden gnomes are the creepy keepers of a yard. With their bulbous shapes and bright colors, they’re often thought of as an object of kitsch. And fair enough. They’re not exactly a subtle addition to bushes and mulch. Also there has been no such thing as a tasteful garden gnome—until now.
This geometric masterpiece, suitable for indoors and out, is the cheery garden gnome’s brooding, Brutalist cousin. The designers explain that Nino is an experiment in changing the way people think about a maligned object—say, a garden gnome—simply by making it look prettier.
“The challenge set out by the Nino project is that of overturning the perception of an object by working solely on language and imagery, not on its function,” they write in design statement.
It’s unclear that garden gnomes ever really had a function. But hey, we’re happy to see one that’s handsome enough to sit on a bookshelf. Nino is available in gray, white, and pink, for about $110 each on Etsy.