Ah, nothing more relaxing than reading a good book while sitting cosy inside the mouth of an orca or an anglerfish. Wait, what?
At Design Miami 2015, designer Porky Hefer from Cape Town, South Africa displayed a collection of hanging chairs that resemble different animals – like an orca, a pufferfish, a pelican, a manta ray, an alligator, and an anglerfish. The series of furniture, entitled Monstera Deliciosa, allows users to sit inside the mouths of animals and reflect on the fragility of nature.
According to Hefer, each ‘nest environment’ was made using traditional South African craft skills, like stitching, weaving, and splicing together various fibers. He even collaborated with local craftsmen, including master weaver Ismael Bey, to revive a dying craft.
‘Ismael has trained weavers at the Cape Town Society for the Blind, where I’ve had a lot of my designs produced’, Hefer said. ‘In this way, I use his traditional knowledge and weaving skills and subvert these into non-traditional forms, making them more relevant’.
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