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Cool chairs and gummy bears

German architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is credited with saying, “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” I suppose that’s why there’s no end of chairs – perhaps surpassing all other furniture – that architects eventually draw and create solely for exhibitions. Some of the wildest inventions end up in museums or interior design showrooms. I love audacious furniture, but there’s nothing like a screwball chair that’s both wicked on the eye and easy on your sitting muscles.

Rockin’ the kitty

Photo by Paul Kweton

Photo by Paul Kweton

Houston architect Paul Kweton created the first rocking chair that’s the cat’s friend, rather than tail-trimmer. It’s looks industrial because it is: the pre-molded slats are screwed together.

I want the red ones!

Photo by Chair Blog

Photo by Chair Blog

Speaking of rockers, Boym Partners created this gummy bear rocker for an exhibit.  You know someone got to keep it!  It looks like it has excellent lumbar support, not to mention five fruity colors.

Cloud furniture

Photo by Ergonomic Office Furniture

Photo by Ergonomic Office Furniture

Your room need an instant facelift? Richard Hutton designed this nickel-plated, cast-aluminum chair that looks like a glass bubble. (Perhaps this is more of a looker, since I cannot vouch for its comfort.)

Logging zzzzzs

Photo by AK47

Photo by AK47

The Flex Chair is an elastic contour that conforms to the shape the owner creates by stuffing it with books, wood, blankets, and what-have-yous.

On squid row

Photo by I Wish I Had This

Photo by I Wish I Had This

The Octopus Chair by Spanish artist Máximo Riera is the first in his series of creature comforts that will include whales, beetles, lions and rhinos. There currently is NO room in my home for this chair, nor would it fit neatly into any of my basic remodeling ideas.

Staying ahead of wall decorating trends

Are wall trophies here to stay? Let’s be frank about taxidermy, shall we? Done tastefully, a stuffed animal looks great on your walls. Done poorly and your home looks like Norman Bates’ office in Psycho. The Pump House restaurant in Fairbanks has a 12’ tall, mounted grizzly bear that makes its point.

I confess that the only trophy I ever tacked on my wall was a singing plastic fish that I took outside after a while and hammered to silence with a rock.

Get  your goat!

Photo by Billington Ranch Taxidermy

Photo by Billington Ranch Taxidermy

Whether it’s a marmot, your child’s first deer, or a panther, Billington Ranch Taxidermy outside Houston claims to give it the same personalized attention to detail. Founder Evelyn Billington has won many national titles for her work, including National Champion Reptile in 2004.

Danger! Mind your fingers!

Photo by Cardboard Safari

Photo by Cardboard Safari

When you buy an animal trophy from Cardboard Safari, beware the laser-cut edges of recycled cardboard. These sustainable, artistic and non-toxic designs from Virginia come in a number of heads, styles, critters and shapes. Custom colors available.

Octoguitarus Rex

Photo by Bit Rebels

Photo by Bit Rebels

Steampunk designer Nemo Gould grew up on Sci-Fi and comic art. He re-uses found articles like salad bowls, vacuum parts, and silverware. This “robo-trophy” was cobbled together from a trashed rocking chair and a hacked-up guitar.

Equine wall-wear

Photo by Art-ickles

Photo by Art-ickles

This wild horse trophy (15in. X 11in. X 7in.) is but one of the delightful “funky animal trophies” sold at Art-ickles.com.  It’s yours for $105. Note: you may want to evaluate your room lighting before decorating with complex designs and subtle colors.

We’re hunting wabbits

Photo by Bronwyn Lewis

Photo by Bronwyn Lewis

I love the audacity behind the designs of Bronwyn Lewis. Founder of the Lime & Iron Studio in Chapel Hlll, Lewis studied at Rhode Island School of Design and works as an illustrator.

There you have it. If you’re looking for quick fixes to your living room, shop for well-made or unconventional decorating that pleases your fancy. Never mind what others think!

Recent Comments

  • Kid's stuff:Bedroom furniture for dreamers

    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

    Best wishes, Alex.

  • Awesomely Oddball Lawn and Garden Accessories

    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

  • Poor staging can crush your home sale

    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • To everyone, a room of one's own

    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

    Mine would certainly be like the car boot room in the first image :)

    Ben

  • Home designs you haven’t seen before

    I wonder how far the folks in the Rock House are able to drive in their car? Maybe down to their boat? It's so true that home is where you are at the moment.