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Featuring a phone-shaped planter inspired by Saved by the Bell.

Growing up in Houston, the designer Wyatt Little watched a lot of Saved by the Bell.  

“I remember carrying around those brick phones, like the kind Zack had on the show,” he tells CityLab. They were bulky and bigger than people’s heads—not exactly the sleekest portable technology.   

As a mode of communication, the ‘80s phone has gone the way of the telegram. But the shape lives on in the form of Little’s ceramic houseplant vases.

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“A lot the pieces I create can some way be linked to my past,” Little tells CityLab. He started out doing traditional industrial design, but got tired of it. “You’re designing objects that don’t really have a lifespan, or any sort of character,” he says. After learning moldmaking from his roommate, he turned to ceramics.

His designs begin with a memory or a treasured object. The results are decidedly quirky, whimsical objects that can be scattered throughout an apartment as standalone bits of décor, or, like the phone vases, used as catchalls for knickknacks or treasured flora.

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As a child, Little amassed a collection of baseball hats given to him by his father; those have been transformed into his terra cotta hat bowls. The shape of classic slip-on shoes is repurposed for hanging ceramic planters. Another planter is shaped, nostalgically, like a slinky.

The products themselves are surprising, but they’re also relatably nostalgic. “My designs are my way of immortalizing the things I’ve always cared about,” Little says.

Ceramics, $50-$110, wyattlittle.com

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