Tired of the pretty and adorable? Put some memento mori in your home. Remind yourself daily of your inevitable demise. Here’s Harow's polygonal skull armchair, which does a pretty good job of hiding the skull from the front, making it just the thing for super villains with a need for furnishings that work while on the job or taking a break. Price given on demand, which means if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it - but one can dream or nightmare.
(Source: Boing Boing)
A beautiful light sculpture/chandelier, named Forms in Nature, that transforms its surrounding space into a spooky forest of shadows. Artwork designed by Hilden & Diaz.
"Morbid Curiosity" Taxidermy
After seeing what seemed to be an endless collection of work at the “Idiots” (their name!) website, I began to feel a bit queasy. Most of it is too disturbing for me to post here. I came across this bit of writing describing the artists “intentions” behind their work:
"The striking beauty and the vividness of the animals that figure in the works, conjure powerful emotions of awe and inspiration before giving way to our morbid curiosity surrounding death, which leads us ultimately to think of our own mortality. This contrast between beauty, luxury and greed coupled with the mystery of death, timelessly preserved, transports one into a transient state of mind, in which anything is possible."
Forgive my lack of “knowledge” about art appreciation, but I found the collection upsetting. Click on the source link to see more…if you can stomach it.
The Grizzly Bear Chair
Presented to President Andrew Johnson on September 8, 1865 from Seth Kinman, the California hunter and trapper.
'By touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended, would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth.’
Curious History: Table of Oddities
A table entirely made by Johann Christian Neuber was presented in 1781 by Friedrich Augustus III to Louis Auguste de Breteuil, Baron de Breteuil (1730–1807), a French diplomat, as recognition for the role he had played in the negotiation of the Treaty of Teschen, which officially ended the War of Bavarian Succession. The Breteuil Table is regarded as one of the most extraordinary pieces of 18th century furniture ever made, distinguished not only by the materials used in its construction but also for the remarkable skill of its creator. Johann Christian Neuber’s workshop was listed in a 1782 travel book among Dresden’s sites worth visiting while in the city.
The table has a mosaic top inlaid with 128 gemstones and decorated with five Meissen porcelain plaques depicting scenes that celebrate peace and the glory of the Baron de Breteuil. Still owned by the family that received it nearly 250 years ago, this stunning object has rarely been exhibited outside the Château de Breteuil.