IrresistIble and elegant, timeless or avant-garde, animal motifs are a recurring theme in the history of art and design. Now Sarasota stores are enlivening contemporary home décor with chic yet playful new designs that reinforce our continuing bond with animals both tame and wild.
1 Feather your Nest with L’Objet’s stunning black swans, handmade of Limoges porcelain paste and 14K gold accents in 13-inch ($395) and seven-inch ($155) sizes. Envie Home Decor, 1411 First St., Sarasota (941) 366-7027.
2 Breeders’ Cup Lladro’s Equus collection by Bodo Sperlein celebrates equine beauty with galloping legs adorning cups, saucers, dessert plates and the stunning teapot ($500) to order at Ashley Avery’s Collectables, 1425 First St., (941) 955-9593; 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 366-3444.
3 Horse Play! Dutch design house Moooi is at the vanguard of decorating fun with flying pig coffee table, rabbit lamp and this polyester lamp standing over six feet tall ($7,523). Home Resource, 741 Central Ave., Sarasota (941) 366-6690.
4 Monkey Suit An irresistible French monkey pops up on every piece of stoneware in Juliska’s Petit Singe dinnerware, each as unique as the leaf dessert plate ($35). To order at Write On Sarasota, 1423 First St., Sarasota (941) 953-2800.
5 Croc Pot From L’Objet’s Luminescence collection, a 14K gold-plated crocodile tops a black porcelain vessel with aromatherapy candle scented like pink champagne ($95). Queens’ Wreath Jewels, 1310 Main St., Sarasota (941) 365-2027.
6 Barnyard Chic Abstract ceramic guinea hens from the Caillard family pottery in Lussan, France, are coveted around the world ($120 to $155). Décor de France, 24 N. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota (941) 388-1599; U.S. 41 at Bay St., Osprey (941) 966-7788.
7 Hoofing It! Great legs make the cast resin Ari side table a conversation piece in your choice of cement gray (shown), frost black or frost white ($850). Black Bird Home Gallery, 1540 Main St., Sarasota (941) 366-0941.
8 Cat and Mouse Cheese board ($95) in white marble is paired with silver plate cheese knife ($69), just two of the whimsical gifts designed by Michael Aram at M.L. Gosling, 43.S. Palm Ave., Sarasota (941) 366-2500.
9 Snoop Dog Alessi’s new Lula dog bowl comes with a Snoopy-esque pick-up handle and removable lid that protects food and prevents your small-to-medium pup from eating all day ($80). IOPTICS, 446 Burns Court, Sarasota (941) 955-5133.