Archibird, A Combination Birdcage and Console Table by Gregoire de Laforrest.

Made of bleached oak, stainless steel cables and glass 'Archibird' is the blending of sculpture and furniture. A one-off piece by designer and architect Gregoire de Lafforest, the birdcage (which functions as such complete with small washing pool, eating area and the ability to be opened for cleaning) is integrated into a bleached oak wood console table.

The original idea behind the piece was to reinterpret a bird cage that would radically change the way the feathered creatures are viewed and combine it with a functional piece of furniture to showcase the birds.

The glass domes or cloches represent taxidermy and serve as a reference to curiosity displays of the past.

The main intention was to strive for lightness as exemplified by the suspended nature of the bottom part of the cage held up by steel cables (close-ups shown below) and the tapered legs help achieve this aerial-like feeling.

The piece was constructed by les Ateliers Seewhy , measures 150 centimeters tall,  72 centimeters deep and is available through Galerie Gosserez.

Construction photos:

The final product:

DIMENSIONS: H: 150 cm - l: 200 cm - D: 72 cm
MATERIALS: Bleached oak, stainless steel cables and glass
Unique piece, price upon request
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Photos courtesy of Jérome Galland for Les Atelies Seewhy, Galerie Gosserez and the artist

About the designer:

Gregoire de Laforrest is an Interior designer and architect by training, Grégoire graduated from the ESAG Penninghen. He successively worked for some of the most prestigious interior design studios in France, namely Bruno Moinard, Noé Duchaufour Lawrence and Gilles & Boissier where he collaborated on major projects such as Hermès corporate headquarters in Paris, the Cartier jewellery shops, a private hotel for Veuve Cliquot and most recently for the “Ciel de Paris” restaurant at the top of the Montparnasse tower. -

A shout out to HellooDesigner where I first spotted this awesome project.


EPetsRoyal said...

Awesome looking cage! Love the stage by stage photos. Looks like a lot of time and effort was put into this beautiful, functional work of art.

Anonymous said...

Bird cages are fucking cruel...even the hipster cool ones

Anonymous said...

Great looking cage. However, the birds would knock their heads on the glass domes trying to fly out of them. It also looks very hard to clean- the birds would poop all over the floor.

Anonymous said...

it is very unique and beautifully constructed like nothing else. However, I have had birds a long time and I tend to agree that they would probably keep hitting the glass when they want to get down from the highest perch. Another thing is that I am not sure how easy it is to clean. I do know that they would poop all over the white branches and they would be hard to clean unless is was super slick like teflon. I do love it but I would love to see it being cleaned

C'mon people, it's only a dollar.

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