Having grown up in Texas I’m thrilled with the major influence horns and hides are having on home décor.
Whether the horns are real or resin, there is a natural, organic look and feel to this trend.
I hesitate to make it sound like a fad because designers and artisans have been using bone and animal hides to decorate themselves and their homes since the cavemen. This isn’t a reawakening of western style but a fresh approach to incorporating organic materials into all realms of home fashions.
An eclectic mix of hides and horns creates an inviting transitional decor with a loft feel. Furniture by Bernhardt. Featuring the Elka chair.
Bernhardt Furniture, long time trend setter, has raised the bar by incorporating inlayed bone into their furniture offerings. The Labyrinth Drawer Chest, is a mosaic of natural bone, hand-cut and hand-laid into black resin, over a wood frame. The continuing pattern of OpArt and the striking black and white combo is classic contemporary design.
The pure-natural shape of horns lends themselves to table bases, legs and arms for chairs. Refining this shape with resin and wood has inspired designers to create completely new furniture shapes as evident in the faux horn and suede Elka Chair, available in natural brown or bleached white.
Bone inlaid Labyrinth drawer cabinet features classic OpArt in black and white. Bernhardt.
Using cow hides as rug options has been a mainstay for many designers. Ralph Lauren has been draping cow hides over everything for decades. Today’s hides can be displayed in their natural colors, dyed or acid etched then highlighted with metallic silver or gold.
We have been embracing sheep and goat skin throws for the past three or four years. Today’s sources for hides have been expanded to even include horses. Now I don’t know about you but coming from Texas I just can’t bear to think of Trigger spread across my living room floor.
Hides are being used to upholster chairs and lots and lots of benches and ottomans. It’s the new fuzzy leather look. Not as shaggy as sheepskin but still smooth to the touch. When combined with chrome the style is very modern, with iron it is more macrobiotic.
Texas horn table with steel top and stretchers exemplifies the natural form and shape of organic horns. Table by Bernhardt.
Hornware is an important part of this design movement. Another workable material dating back to the Greeks. Horn cups, serve ware, horn-rimmed glasses, bowls and decorative accents are imbuing the market. The products are easily sourced as a bi-product of the meat industry. If you’re a vegan or the concept is just seems morally amiss, this may be a trend you want to skip.
Austere textures of animal skins are muses for many designers. Inspired by the natural texture and hue of snake skin, Currey & Company has created the Robah Mirror. It is crafted of cast aluminum with a white-wash graphite finish. Attention-grabbing but guaranteed not to strike back.
The neutral tones of hides and horns allow them to be integrated in the same setting without overpowering the room. If you want to sample this chic trend but not ready to go completely wild, consider a hornware tray or bowl for your coffee table. All you fashionistas should contemplate modish hornware glasses to add panache to your summer wardrobe.
Inspired by snake skin, the Robah mirror by Currey & Company tames the wild.