Year of the Pig 2019 - Pig table by Front for moooi - Photo via Instagram: Follow @_Hi_Haru_
Year of the Pig 2019 – Pig table by Front for moooi – Photo via Instagram: Follow @_Hi_Haru_

Design – 2019 is the Chinese Year of the Pig! We picked 4 quirky designs inspired by the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. 

Pig side table by Mario Tsai - Photo ©Mario Tsai courtesy of Maison&Objet.
Pig side table by Mario Tsai – Photo ©Mario Tsai courtesy of Maison&Objet.

Chinese designer Mario Tsai created a collection of steel side tables that look like pigs with a hat.“During a visit to the metal material market, I saw a lot of thick aluminum tubes stacked. Out of my curiosity about the material, I purchased a 250mm diameter aluminum tube. When I put the other materials I purchased naturally into this tube, I found that this process as nature as putting a coin into a piggy bank.” Explains the designer. The collection was on show at Maison & Objet within an exhibition dedicated to Chinese rising talents. Read more…

03. Pig side table by Mario Tsai - Photo ©Mario Tsai courtesy of Maison Objet
Photo ©Mario Tsai courtesy of Maison Objet

Who wouldn’t want a horse to lighten up your living room and a pig to serve your guests? Swedish design studio Front designed a pig-shaped table for Dutch design company moooi. “Our idea was that people will either love it or hate it,” explain the designers. Front worked with a sculptor to create the lifesize animal models, which are manufactured from black polyester, supported by a metal frame inside.

Year of the Pig 2019 - Pig table by Front for moooi - Photo via Instagram: Follow @jwrendersstudio
Year of the Pig 2019 – Pig table by Front for moooi – Photo via Instagram: Follow @jwrendersstudio

The house becomes a zoo with Seletti’s Sending Animals furniture collection by Marcantonio Design. “Irony is a serious thing, if it can make you reflect with a smile,” explains Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. “The association between wooden delivery boxes and animals is whimsical and, at the same time, it underlines our relationship with Nature.”

Seletti installation @ Maison&Objet 2019 - Photo via Instagram: follow @selettiworld
Seletti installation @ Maison&Objet 2019 – Photo via Instagram: follow @selettiworld

Designed by graduates from Tsinghua University, Guangzhou-based furniture brand YUSO’s tong-in-cheek seats come in the shape of chubby animals such as rhinos, sheep, buffalos and – of course – pig, to fit in the homes of young playful grown ups and their kids. Read more… 

YUSO goes animalier - courtesy of YUSO.
Photo: courtesy of YUSO.