Animal-Inspired Furniture: Whimsical Favorites

Animal-Inspired Furniture: Whimsical Favorites

Alice Engel
Sep 14, 2010

Let the zoo come to you with these winsome pieces. Animal-inspired designs for the home have always won us over — whether a classic Eames Elephant (#3) or a Hare doormat from Droog (#4).

If pets can lower your heart rate, a Hippo Footstool (#5) can at least lift your spirits. These sophisticated picks suit adult and kid spaces alike – the Polar Bear Storage Unit (#1) has even been spotted at the modish Crosby Street Hotel. The fantastical Rhinocrétaire (#2), from French sculptor François-Xavier Lalanne, dazzles as it did when it first appeared in 1964. Whatever blows your hair back, a friend from the animal kingdom will surely lighten the mood.

1. Polar Bear Storage Unit, Pedlar's
2. François-Xavier Lalanne's Rhinocrétaire, 1964, via u-topie
3. Eames Elephant Stool, $290 at ModernSeed
4. Droog doormats by Ed Annink, $133 at Unica Home
5. Hippo Footstools, $875 at Scully & Scully
6. Green Chicken, Hayon Studio
7. Traccia Table, Meret Oppenheim, via artnet
8. Pony by Eero Aarnio, $2,600 from Finnish Design Shop

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