Designer Porky Hefer has created a series of oversized bean bags and hanging chairs to resemble different animals under threat in the wild.
The Endangered seating collection includes an orangutan, a pygmy sloth, a polar bear, a great white shark and a blue whale – all of which are listed as vulnerable or endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.
Each piece has been made using sustainable materials: polyester made from recycled plastic bottles was used to stuff the polar bear and orangutan bean bags, the latter of which is covered in brown and orange woolen tassels. To complete each piece, Hefer collaborated 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 different crocheting, felting and stitching techniques.
The whale-shaped hanging chair, which is finished with white-fringe teeth and blue patchwork skin, has also been knitted with reused t-shirts. The same material was used for the sloth, which is suspended from a corduroy and steel frame intended to resemble a tree branch. Have a look at these chairs and think of buying some for your space – these are ideal pieces to explain to kids what is happening with animals in the world.