Meetings with our top retailers during Tabletop is always a great way to find out what’s “hot” in home decor and we were surprised to hear that “tapestry taxidermy” is flying off the
shelves walls at Bergdorf Goodman these days. Perhaps their popularity stems from autumn bringing out the hunter in the all those Upper East Side socialites who are snapping up these “passe-murailles” by the dozens, or perhaps these whimsical creatures remind us to enjoy the season and all the natural beauty it has to offer, in and out of the woods.
Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of Frédérique Morrel’s art. The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework. While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ghosts”.) If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then we think they’ve succeeded!
What do you think? Would you hang out with one of these? Happy Halloween!