birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
jul 10, 2013

birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest

birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
all photos © jerome galland



french designer gregoire de lafforest marries whimsy and functionality in the creation of his solid oak birdcage table. in collaboration with ateliers seewhy for its construction, he engaged an interesting array of mediums — glass (for the domes), metal (for the tree) and wood (for the frame) — in the making of this multifaceted structure. the entire piece allows for practical usage, as a surface, as well as functioning as a habitat for small birds, where they can move around the interior space freely. the shape of the tree is formed from welded steel tubes, coated with polyester putty, and finished with two layers of laquer. de lafforest paid special attention to the organic sensibility of the tree, making sure it had as natural a form as possible. the space available for the birds, contained by a system of tensioned cables, was designed so they could be easily fed and includes several perches, feeders and a small pool for water.



a short video showing three birds interacting in the space
video courtesy of gregoire de lafforest



 birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
a bird perched inside one of the glass domes



birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
the habitat for the birds includes landings on the tree, for perching, and a small pool for water



 birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
a system of tension cables was devised to create the cage structure



 birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
a detail of the materials



birdcage table by gregoire de lafforest
a detail of the materials


  • genius

    george says:
  • Good design, but this would be more beautiful design if the bird could be free

    Luis Gabriel Forero says:
  • In the video, the birds never go up into the glass globes. I feel that they seldom would, having had pet birds for many years, so one would not see the birds much since they would always be under the table.

    JJ says:
  • Nice design, but I still thinking that the best place for bird is outside, free. Or at least in a very big enclosure, the size of a room.

    Oscar says:
  • The job of scooping the poop goes to…..the secretary or the wife??

    lanvy nguyen says:
  • the bird doesn’t hit against the glasses?

    Emanuel says:
  • No George, it’s cruelty

    Douglas says:
  • I would love to see it after one month, covered of poo !

    francois says:
  • scary, and you do, you sit down to have tea or reading beside some caged birds

    luz lizarazo says:
  • The openings to the domes are too small, very uncomfortable for the birds to fly too. It’s sad to see the birds as decorative objects of design, used for an aesthetic only reason. I agree it is cruel, and they would always stay in the lower part.

    Martine says:
  • the proportion of the cage to the 3 birds sharing the space is very tight, in other words, the design needs to be revised with the birds needs in mind. one of the birds kept sliding down the cables as it did not have horizontal rods similar to traditional bird cages. the glass dome could see some alteration too; small holes for air and possibly bigger glass domes? I like the design but proportion and balance needs to be applied, so that the birds will enjoy the space as much as the user would enjoy their company.

    stuwy says:
  • really quite thoughtless, egotistical design. I don’t want to be dismissed as an animal rights freak but It appears that the designer has not spent much time with birds; this is bizarre, cruel and inadequate in a multitude of ways. the look of the thing could be vastly improved if consideration were taken for the birds habits, needs and movements, but if I saw this in someones house I’d report them for animal cruelty.

    scarlet says:
  • This is frankly hilarious..If a designer is expected to be sensitive, you are quite there!

    Anantha says:
  • I find it an interesting response – take the well established paradigm of a birdcage and instead of setting atop a table or a stand in the corner of the room, integrate it with the table. There is a lesson here with regard to merging two programs that would not typically be. Unfortunately it appears that a lot of people have missed the point and are too caught up in “poor birdie” dogma. As for whether or not the birds would venture up into the domes, keep in mind that they will seek light – the region below the tabletop will be darker than the areas in the domes.

    There’s also something intriguing about how it riffs on two Victorian motifs – elaborate birdcages and glass domed curiosity cases

    dbkii says:

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