Designer Porky Hefer has created a range of oversized bean bags and hanging chairs that resemble various animals that are threatened in the wild.
The Endangered seating collection includes an orangutan, pygmy sloth, polar bear, great white shark, and blue whale that are classified as Endangered or Endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.
Each piece is made from sustainable materials: polyester from recycled plastic bottles was used to fill the polar bear and orangutan bean sacks, the latter of which is covered with brown and orange wool tassels. To complete each piece, Hefer worked with artisans from his South African homeland and worked particularly closely with Cape Town-based textile artist Ronel Jordaan and the Heart Works and Mielie craft collectives on various crochet, felting and sewing techniques.
The whale-shaped hanging chair, which has teeth with white fringes and blue patchwork skin, was also knitted with reused T-shirts. The same material was used for the sloth, which is suspended from a frame made of cord and steel that is said to resemble a branch. Check out these chairs and make sure to buy some for your space – these are ideal pieces for explaining to kids what happens to animals in the world.