Bold and contemporary designs belie the myth that pet furniture has to be purely functional.
By Heike Söns
They are used to wearing stylish outfits, pricey neck harnesses, traveling first class and being fed on the hands of their private chefs. We are talking about our beloved pets, which should not be excluded from the world of good taste and the amenities we enjoy, especially when it comes to furnishings. No more beds that ruin the look of your living room, or the uncomfortable pillows incapable of supporting the weight of your little companions. And lets put a stop to those awful designs, which—although covered in Swarovski crystals—pretend to be the epitome of good taste!
Now, pet owners can pamper their beloved animals, or should I say companions, without running the risk of looking ridiculous with stylish, comfortable and whimsical designs from Chimère, a firm dedicated exclusively to modern furnishings for pets. Their new collection features beautiful and elegant pieces, a real tribute to furniture design.
Whether for gold fish or big dogs, not forgetting hamsters and rabbits, the French firm established by Frederic Stouls and Marc Ange offers cutting edge, comfortable and especially designed furnishings to sublimate the human habitat. Each item created by this duo is a statement piece, a decorative object inspired by the most outstanding historical visions, which invariably evoke classic aesthetic principles, with a twist. "The design of these pieces is simple, iconic and universal. They are inspired by the 1950s, by Scandinavian purity of lines and French elegance,” says Ange.
We were surprised by the organic, minimalist design of their unmatched water tank, which allows your fish to look like never before in this splendid blown glass bowl. Treat your bird to a rocking cage that combines the lightness of aluminum with the strength of oak. Do not overlook the incredibly cozy sofa for dogs or cats, luxuriously lined with Danish fabrics of the highest quality. And give your hamster or bunny rabbit the most comfortable home in an oak and ceramic cabinet. Finally, let your kitty enjoy individual privacy in their special sandbox, varnished and finished with high quality materials.
The talented founders of Chimère, Stouls and Ange, are the first designers to devote their efforts to pamper pets with unique contemporary, practical and cozy furnishings. "I could not understand why there was nothing that was well done and so beautifully designed that we would want it for ourselves. Our designs are romantic, and take us back to our childhood.”
“You can see how dogs and cats immediately take over their furniture,” says Stouls, who worked for 12 years in the financial industry in France and the UK. Ange, who is in charge of creativity and designs in their Bloom Room study, is already preparing a new collection to be presented at Milan’s International Furniture Fair next year. ■
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