No design lover’s bookshelf is complete without at least one curio (read: status symbol) modeled after a feathered fowl. Here’s our guide to knowing the one that’s right for you.
Eames House Bird
(A reproduction of a favourite trinket of Charles and Ray Eames)
You’re a traditionalist — in the best way. You appreciate the value of a classical symphony, a well-tailored suit, and an Old Fashioned on the rocks.
$340 at Design Within Reach
Vitra L’Oiseau Wooden Bird
(Designed by French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec)
You’re a reflective soul who likes to retreat to the coast to admire driftwood and pieces of beach glass, their rough edges smoothed down to something softer.
$205 at Design Within Reach
Iittala Toikka Glass Bird
(The 2019 edition of the Finnish company’s annual collectible)
You understand that technique — how things are done — is as important as intent. You’ve taken evening classes in pottery, woodworking and, most recently, glassblowing.
$555 at William Ashley
An Actual Parrot
(Unlike others on this list, has mastered speech; needs to be fed daily)
You had a close relationship with your eccentric great aunt who recently passed. She made some questionable decisions with her will. (How did your cousin get the house?)