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Design Trend We Love: Birds & Feathers

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It's time to sing the praises of birds, and not just because we're on the cusp of spring. Modern design is having an avian moment that promises to transcend seasons and years, and we've got something to chirp about that. From innovative modern lighting designs—like Moooi's Perch collection of illuminating lamps, above—to cutting-edge contemporary architecture and coveted decorative objects, birds in one form or another, have been a recurring theme on the modern design landscape for the last few years. On this page, we take a look at some of the bird-centric creations that have given us pause for thought—and cause to tweet.

The Feather Lamp by A Modern Grand Tour

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The Feather Lamp by A Modern Grand Tour

The 2018 Maison & Objet in Paris featured installations that involved both feathers and birds. The Feather Lamp, by British curators A Modern Grand Tour, features a palm tree shaped floor lamp, topped with an opulent arrangement of ostrich feathers.

At the 2018 Maison & Objet, feathery finds were everywhere, signaling that avian inspiration may only just be taking flight.

Swan Chair by AP Collection

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Swan Chair by AP  

One of the more original chair designs at this year's Maison & Objet in Paris came courtesy of Belgium's AP design brand, which showcased its Swan Chair, part of a signature seating range in which stuffed toys assume a starring roll.

 

Vitra Eames House Bird and L'oiseu Bird

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Vitra Eames House Bird & L'oiseau  

Vitra's reproduction of the Eames House Bird, a whimsical object prominently displayed in the home of Charles & Ray Eames, is already a coveted modern artifact; In 2011, Vitra added L'oiseau to its bird offerings, a Nordic folk art-inspired decorative bird, fashioned from maple wood, and designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

 

Tempaper Toucan Removable Wallpaper

Colorful toucans peer out from a dense jungle of monochromatic tropical leaves in this charming modern wallpaper offering from Tempaper, makers of easily applied and removable contemporary wallpapers.

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Santiago Calatrava World Trade Center Oculus

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World Trade Center Oculus by Santiago Calatrava

The Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, has long been famous for buildings that feature ribbed expanses that soar skyward, like wings. His design for the World Trade Center transportation hub in downtown Manhattan, which replaces a subway line destroyed during the September 11, 2001 attacks, doesn't stray far from that iconography, Calatrava's WTC Oculus is an edifice comprised of steel ribs and glass that extend out from a central axis to form two canopies in northward and southward directions. Calatrava likens the image to that of "a bird released from a child's hands."

Quill Rugs by Nanimarquina

Japanese-American designer Nao Tamura found inspiration for her Quill rug collection for Nanimarquina in the delicate structure of a feather. Created by highly skilled craftspeople working in India, Quill's hand tufted composition, applied by experienced hands, gives each Quill rug its singular character via linear repeat patterns that mimic line drawings against a wash of color.

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Immersed Birds by Moises Hernandez

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Immersed Birds by Moisés Hernández

Mexican designer Moisés Hernandez combines the machine made with the hand-made in crafting his colorful wooden Immersed Birds, which are milled via computer technology, and dipped by hand in colored water.

 

Container Kiwi by ecoBirdy

Belgian children's brand ecoBirdy up-cycles plastic into toys and products for kids—like Container Kiwi, a large storage piece that's shaped like New Zealand's famous flightless (and endangered) bird.

Container Kiwi by EcoBirdy

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Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Runways

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'A cloud of couture feathers' iemerged on the runways of Paris last fall, a prominent motif in the 2018 Spring & Summer fashion collections.

Paris Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2018 Collections

Among the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion trends seen at last fall's runway shows in Paris were the ubiquitous presence of feathers. Above, designers Yves Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, and Nina Ricci, made 'couture feathers' a high fashion must.

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VITA COPENHAGEN EOS CONTEMPORARY LIGHTING COLLECTION

VITA Copenhagen is a Danish modern lighting brand, best known for its ethereal, accessibly priced contemporary lamps comprised of unusual materials—including goose feathers. The company's EOS Collection of pedants, floor lamps, and modern table lamps feature clusters of sustainably sourced goose feathers, densely and artfully arranged around each lamp's light source. VITA Copenhagen's feathery lamps emit nuanced, atmospheric light flattering to the ambiance of any room or space. Shop VITA Copenhagen Modern Lighting >