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Taking Flight: Birds & Feathers Design Trend

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~Shop the Bird Trend~

Something to sing about is this inventive portable lamp from Contardi, which emits nuanced light through its fiberglass diffuser. A chipper way to greet your guests.

GIving new meaning to being up with the birds, this whimsical shower curtain design from Thomaspaul will keep you tickled pink each morning, thanks to its outsized flamingo.

Mouth-blown glass creations first introduced by iittala in 1972, Toikka birds have evolved into highly collectible modern design pieces, with a new bird released each calendar year.

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 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.

Modern design is having an avian moment, with birds and feathers having been a recurring theme on the design landscape over the last few years.

Moooi Perch Wall Light

Even devoid of color, the Foscarini Tartan Pendant Light highlights the power of plaid, A blown glass diffuser featuring plaid's characteristic criss-cross lines replicates the weave of fabric, imbuing a room with the nuanced light quality expected from soft material.

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.

Quill Rug 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.

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

Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

—Via Vogue

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.

~On Trend Bird Designs~

Traditional planters are for the birds. Try not to smile as you watch this modern planter from Vondom grow a bespoke tail from your favorite plants and flowers.

Tempaper's self-adhesive and removable wallpaper at its elegant best, the Feather Flock pattern features a graceful arrangement of grey and off-white birds in perfect formation.

This inspired Seletti design features a golden cage and porcelain base, paired up up beautifully to keep favorite design objects well protected and conspicuously on display.

GUBI Beetle Print Lounge Chair (Right)

The GUBI Beetle Print Lounge Chair is an undeniable attention grabber, thanks to a range of dazzling fabric choices that highlight this contemporary lounge chair's elegant lines. Not one to miss out on the modern bird trend, GUBI has introduced fabric choices that include Silkbird , a jacquard print of birds and flowers, available in deep red and dark green.

World Trade Center Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava

The Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, has long been famous for buildings that extend 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. An edifice comprised of steel ribs and glass that extend out from a central axis to form two canopies, the structure is, in Calatrava's words, like "a bird released from a child's hands."

Calatrava World Trade Center Transportation Hub

— Via Architectural Record 


UMAGE 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.