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

 

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

    Anantha
  • 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
  • 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
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