Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Predator-Inspired Designs Worth Hunting Down

Nothing puts you at the bottom of the food chain like one of nature's most elegant predators. We spotted a few designs that take inspiration from the hunters around us, whether they stalk the oceans, the savannas or the big blue skies. 

By Sarah Virginia White
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For Display Only

I love the oxidized finish and true-to-life sizing of this brass alligator from Noir in Los Angeles. 

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Art with Teeth

Born in Israel and living and working in LA, artist Yuval Pudik recreates every serration and socket of a lone tooth in “Some of my Equals No. 116,” a graphite work on paper, available through the Jessica Silverman Gallery


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Ocean Hunter

I’ve been obsessed with the animal chairs by Spanish artist Maximo Riera since they debuted at the London Design Festival in 2011, but I especially love the fluid, dangerous tentacles of his Octopus chair. 

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It's A Bird

Defintely look up. This bird-of-prey sculpture from LA designer Michael Berman, who opens his flagship store this May, is natural glam at its best.

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Glowing Eyes

Usually all you see of a croc is the tips of its nostrils and eye sockets above the water, which is why this glowing Onyx Predator Lamp at Noir in LA is so perfect.


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Polar Bear Bookshelf

This laminate sculpture is actually a bookshelf, arriving flat-packed and ready to assemble from Switch Modern (in red and black).


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I don’t know if I could have this in my house. Artist Michael Wilson created an incredibly realistic creature, with slinky legs and hand-fabricated metal claws that look like they would start skittering towards me the second I turned off the lights.


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King Cobra

The King Cobra armchair by French design firm Wild Design is one of a slew of zoomorphic conceptual pieces they designed, including a scorpion, elephant and elk. 


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Dangerous Waters

Ukrainian designer Aleksander Mukomelov got the idea for his shark lamp while taking a bath (because who doesn’t worry about sharks in the tub?). 

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