Animal-inspired seating collection

Designer Porky Hefer has created a range of oversized bean bags and hanging chairs that resemble various endangered animals in the wild.

The Endangered seating collection includes an orangutan, pygmy sloth, polar bear, great white shark and blue whale listed as endangered or endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.

Each piece is made from sustainable materials: polyester made from recycled plastic bottles was used to fill the polar bear and orangutan bean sacks, the latter of which is covered with brown and orange wool tassels. To complete each piece, Hefer worked with artisans from his native South Africa, working particularly closely with Cape Town-based textile artist Ronel Jordaan and craft collectives Heart Works and Mielie on various crochet, felting and sewing techniques.

The toothed whale-shaped hanging chair with white fringes and blue patchwork skin was also knitted using repurposed T-shirts. The same material was used for the sloth, which is suspended from a cord and steel frame meant to resemble a tree branch. Check out these chairs and buy some for your space – these are ideal pieces for teaching children what is happening to animals in the world.

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