Plush Toy Coats

“My Teddy bear coat was a conceptual exercise created in 2002 as an homage to the Campana Brothers and their famous stuffed animal chair. I only heard about Castelbajac in 2009 when people saw Gaga and started asking me if I was working with her.”

Sebastián Errázuriz

 
 

Teddy bear coat by polymath Chilean designer Sebastián Errázuriz

 
 

The jacket, as Errázuriz himself would say, is designed to honor the 80’s eco-friendly fur campaigns but at the same time it seems to serve as a bitter criticism to the fur comeback on the runways.

 
 

Teddy bears — 39 to be precise — festooned a snuggly 1989 Jean-Charles de Castelbajac winter coat that was worn by Madonna and Lauren Hutton. This infamous “teddy bear coat”, worn by Madonna, was also inspired by a childhood devoid of toys.”Throughout my career I have explored themes associated with childhood. It’s not that I didn’t want to grow up,” he explains. “When I was a kid, I was living an adolescent life, when I was a teenager I was living an adult life, so I believe my time for childhood is now”

 
 

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Fall 2009 collection

 
 

20 years later, Kermit, that lovable Muppet frog, emerged as the inspiration for an JCDC plush toy coat worn by Lady Gaga

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Duck Fan

This limited edition art work by Sebastián Errázuriz Infante features a taxidermy duck mounted in a diving position and facing a custom-designed industrial fan. When the machine’s propeller is turned on, the animal’s small white feathers shiver from the resulting gust of wind. For a few seconds, the viewer fears that the duck’s delicate feathers are going to fly off completely. The duck’s continuous silent resistance steals a smile and reminds the viewer that ducks fly against the wind everyday.

 
 

 

Text and images taken from designer’s own page: http://meetsebastian.com

Duck Lamp

 
 

Rescued from the trash can of an old taxidermy museum, a taxidermy bird with a broken neck is given a new life and is reconstructed to become an iconic classic. The Duck Lamp explores the border between the sculptural and functional qualities of both art and design. Chilean born artist and designer Sebastián Errázuriz Infante explains his experience during the creative process:
 
“I was actually afraid of the public’s reaction when I first presented the Duck Lamp. Taxidermy wasn’t a trend yet and I didn’t want to be considered a freak, but felt compelled to make it. Somehow it made sense to me and to my surprise when I presented it in a gallery, it seemed to make some weird, unconscious, fucked up sense to other people too. It apparently felt familiar, beautiful, terrible, and funny at the same time.”

 

Text and images taken from designer’s own web page: http://meetsebastian.com