The New Trend in Taxidermy

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Imagine a household pet that required minimal care—i.e., no feeding, grooming, or housebreaking, just the occasional dusting. Perfect, right? That is, of course, if you don’t mind using now-departed furry friends as decorative accessories. Taxidermy: even the word’s etymology (Greek for the “arrangement of skin”) has a certain icky factor. But as with the popularity of skulls and animal skeletons, so too have stuffed animals become en vogue in interior design. Whether mounted to a plaque or lying underfoot, taxidermy is a trend worth watching.

Modern Taxidermy Interior Design
Image: Nuevo Estilo

Taxidermy may be as old as the Pyramids, but its recent use in décor of all styles has cast the art in a new light. In fact, it was this design by Leticia Martínez (above) that prompted me to investigate further. The space is modern, using mid-century antiques alongside contemporary pieces as a homage to ‘50s Hollywood. But among the slick surfaces and bold patterns, I couldn’t help but furl my brow at the animal head staring back at me. Of course, I had seen taxidermy animals in interior design, but this seemed different—a fresh take on an ancient art form.

Vintage Interior Design Taxidermy
Image: New York Times

A few days later, I stumbled upon the Chicago home of designer David Hopkins (above). There again, paired with a vintage office chair and marble table, hung a furry animal head. “It’s official,” I thought. Taxidermy is no longer for hunting lodges and curiosity cabinets. Stuffed animals can now be seen in décor of all kinds. Here are a few more examples:

Seeing Stripes

Options go far beyond woodland creatures. A stuffed zebra or other exotic animals add a touch of glamour.

Zebra Taxidermy Interior Design
Image: The Coveteur
Zebra Taxidermy Decor
Image: Architectural Digest

Birds of a Feather

Stuffed birds may be among the most popular type of taxidermy. Peacock, anyone?

Bird Taxidermy Interior Design
Image: The Coveteur
Peacock Taxidermy Interior Design
Image: Elle Décor

Small in Scale

A small, stuffed animal is perfect for a tabletop or bookcase. I love the whimsy of these two options.

Squirrel Taxidermy Interior Design
Image: Lonny Magazine
Small Bird Taxidermy Interior Design
Image: Lonny Magazine

So, those are my thoughts. How about yours? Taxidermy: glam or gross?

1 Comment

  1. I’ll bet his wife just loves dusting all that lot.

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.