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.
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.
This a an unusual treehouse designed by Japanese design firm Nendo for the Ando Momofuku Center, a facility devoted to promoting and increasing access to nature activities. The facility is located in a forest in Komoro City in Japan's mountainous Nagano Prefecture. Nendo's treehouse is designed to be collective housing for many birds and one person.
On one side, the treehouse has entrances to 78 nest spaces for birds:
The other side has an entrance for one person, who can look into the birds' nests from inside the treehouse:
photos by Masaya Yoshimura / Daici Ano
Metal sculptor Joseph Papendick creates beautiful outdoor birdhouses and bird feeders. The collections I'm sharing with you here are his modernist and cubist designs. Made of steel and treated with primer and 2 coats of bright and beautiful enamel colors, they are available in the colors shown or any color combinations you'd like.
These welded steel bird feeders are made entirely by hand and are 12" in diameter The stainless steel screen, which holds the seed, is welded to two stainless steel rods. These rods fit into grooves at the corners of the piece. The rods hold the seed screen in place much like a hammock, and also serve as perches for birds. The entire screen and rod section is removable for cleaning.
"Cheepie" Standing Birdfeeders
These hand crafted, welded steel birdfeeders stand approximately 6' tall. The upright support is welded to an "I-beam" shaped base which has been uniquely designed to allow the piece to stand securely upright when "planted" into the ground approximately 8 -10 inches deep. The 'feeder' portion contains of a stainless steel screen designed to hold bird seed a safe distance off the ground. Shielded to a degree from rain, wind, and sun - the stainless steel screen allows for rapid drainage of any water, and will never rust through. Once 'planted' into the soil, the design allows for the roots of surface vegetation to reach through and firmly anchor the piece into the ground.
"Cubist" Bird Feeders
This first series of "Cubist" bird feeders measure 11" tall X 8" wide. Two stainless steel rods, inserted through holes drilled into the sides of each piece, allow a perforated aluminum screen for bird seed to simply rests on the rods. This feeder screen sits between the boundaries created by two rectangular slats which are inserted through cuts made into both sides of the pieces. An additional stainless steel rod runs perpendicularly through these slats, serving to stabilize the rectangular elements, while also serving as an extended perch for birds. Keeping the various elements separate - without welding - allows for them to be painted separately, now in in the future. These pieces are each treated with spray primer and enamel. Although they are pictured here in only select colors - with white as the sole horizontal color - they can be easily finished in any combination of colors you'd prefer.
"Duo" Hanging Bird Feeders
The "Duo" series of hanging bird feeders measure 14" tall X 18" wide. They are made from hand bent welded steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Divided down the middle by the roof structure, each of the two separate sides holds a perforated aluminum screen for bird seed. The seed screens simply rest upon the two stainless steel rods which are inserted through the piece. Along with two other rods, of differing lengths, these rods also serve as perches for birds . The Longest is 22" wide. The pieces are designed to hang by twin ropes of galvanized steel wire, approximately 20" long. Each of these support ropes rests under the angle of the two bent roofs, coming together at the top in two loops. The pieces are treated with two coats each of spray primer and enamel. Although they are pictured here in only select colors, they can be easily finished in any color you'd prefer.
"Plus" Bird Feeders
The design of this 'Plus' series of bird feeders features two rectangular elements. The two main sections are not welded together. Instead they nest within each other, and a pair of stainless steel rods, running through the middle of both pieces, holds them perpendicular. Three perforated aluminum screens for bird seed rest on these rods. Since they are cut to fit within the three individual sections, the screens also serve to prevent movement of the horizontal piece from left to right. I particularly enjoy it when everything about a design just seems to work together! These pieces measure 12" high, 14" wide, and 5" deep. They have each been finished with two shades of spray enamel, one slightly darker than the other. Any of the pieces in this series can easily be finished in whatever color combination you'd like to see.
"Home" Hanging Bird Feeders
Inspired by the shape of old wooden birdhouses, these new "Home" series bird feeders measure 6" square and 18" tall. On each of the two levels a perforated aluminum screen, designed to hold bird seed, is supported by two stainless steel rods which are inserted through the piece. These rods also serve as perches for birds. The pieces are designed to hang by a rope of galvanized steel wire, 20" long, which has been looped permanently through the top section. They are treated with spray primer and enamel. As such they can be finished in a variety of colors.
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Despite what's happening in the human housing market, birds just seem to be getting nicer and nicer places to live these days.
Above are just a few of the beautiful and unusual homes created for our feathered friends. Click on each pic above to be taken to details and purchase information.
Also, worth a mention are:
J. Schatz Egg bird houses and feeders
Jonathan Adler's Ceramic Birdhouses
Marcel Wanders' Bird feeder for Droog Design
Celine Shenton's bird estate
Perch! designs Birdfeeder
Eva Solo's Bird products
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