Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jun 1

Animal Heads in Design: Yes or No?

We’ve got a debate on our hands. On Tuesday night’s Design Star episode, the judges gushed over Rachel’s white moose head atop a black background. Here on the blog, y’all aren’t so sure.

Reader transient1 says: We have seen those heads turn up on one design show or another every season for the past half dozen years or so. In 2040 those will be the go-to props whenever a movie (or whatever video-type entertainment is available) is looking to create an early 21st century styled room.

And llxt added: The moosehead was a total do-over of A) David Bromstad himself and B) Antonio’s pink birds, which were much more unexpected. Definitely not something to win over.

But reader Gail sided with Vern and Genevive: I loved Rachel’s moose head…It was a sculpture…a real head would have been much larger!!!  So glad that Rachel won.

Taxidermy: Yes or No?

Is it a decorating do or a don't?

When I polled the Design Star cast on their design loves and pet peeves, feelings on taxidermy (real or faux) were mixed. And it’s definitely a ongoing motif in the design world as part of an overall nature-inspired trend — check out more examples of faux taxidermy over at our Design Happens blog.

What do you think? Take the poll and voice your opinion in the comments below. 

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  1. I don't generally like mooseheads anywhere…but I did after seeing in in the finished room. Kudos to Rachel on placing it on the black wall and for trying to bring a bit of Minnesota to life in her work!

    Sally on June 1, 2012 at 10:50 am
  2. I could see this faux type of taxidermy (faux fur, hair or plaster) but not as just an art form unless you want to talk about Taxidermy is Quentieth Century Design. Think of what is states: a moose?…well you might as well add on a Bear and a Deer along side it. It's GAME on a wall….maybe a design idea for a retro hunting cottage. I don't particularly find painting an item, (scupture or furniture or etc.) unless you just want to show it off as an accessory. This Moose has got to go and certianly not put your Design around it. Save it for your next science project on Petrified Wildlife.

    chollyjohn on June 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

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