Aesthetics In Natural Form: Dramatic “Antlers” Within The Interior

Antlers: A Decorative Element Within The Interiors

Antlers have certainly become an emblem of “haute” interior decoration. No longer merely an esteemed element for the aristocratic society, hunters and outdoorsmen, the modern stylists have brought this organic embellishment of nature into nearly every stylistic space of interiors…

What was once sought after as trophies and as decor within grand houses of worldly style and interests has become a unique and versatile force of nature within interiors. A force of strength, indeed. (Alas, horns also deserve praise..and I have included a few images of their stately glory within these compilations..) Whether oversize or small, the natural and organic qualities that branch out in form certainly create a striking focal point..

Antlers are one of the most easily recognized characteristics of the family Cervidae (which includes Reindeer, Deer, Moose and Elks). Defined as a pair of bony, branched structures that protrude from the frontals of the forehead of animals which are shed annually. Found on all male cervids (with the exception of Caribou), the full grown antlers are used for self defense purposes and, in the case of the males, are used during breeding season in social interactions in competition for females. Who knew? Alas, for the love of the female! It is during the winter, as the day length shortens, that the antler’s growth hormone decreases and weakens the point of connection to the animal. Eventually, the antlers are shed and it is not until late winter that the cycle of nature begins again and glory once again returns to the forefront. Nature’s glory, indeed.

Beyond the visions of antlers gracing interior walls, the mention of the stylistic “Antler Furniture” is in order. Indeed, I certainly would not do justice to the topic of Antler’s as decoration without mentioning the historical entrance of their decoration of interior spaces. A traditional European origin of Germanic Alpine style, the use of antlers in the interior has a history that is worthy of our attentions…

1880’s German Style Inspiration: The Decoration With Antlers

It is documented that at the beginning of the 19th century, the art of antler furniture was created and crafted almost exclusively for the aristocratic society to decorate luxurious hunting castles and country abodes of prominence. In fact, it is said to have been first manufactured in 1825 for a hunting castle of the Count William of Nassau near Wiesbaden, Germany. Again, who knew? Shortly thereafter, antler furniture was commonly found within castles and the homes of the bourgeoisie. In 1851, antler furniture became one of the great novelties of the “Great Exhibition Of The Industries Of All Nations”, held in London. Well known German furniture manufacturer, H.F.C. Rampendahl, gained successes on several world exhibitions with his antler furniture. Soon, other furniture makers in Germany began to produce antler furnishings to meet the demand. The popularity continued during the mid 19th century, which enabled the stylistic furniture to enter common households. As the end of the 1920’s approached, antler furniture productions are said to have practically halted. Interestingly, antler furniture is said to have returned with fame as an extraordinary piece of decoration in some modern households as well as for within the traditional hunting lodges. Certainly a conversation piece to behold…

With that said, it is the antlers themselves that I now focus on. The decoration within the interiors is almost an iconic emblem of style in a modern world. The antler feature is no longer relegated within mountainous cabins nestled among the trees or simply a connotation of “Southwestern Style”. No, it has reached beyond the forests and plains that these animals reside, and has simply become a figure of style within interior design…

A Frontier Of Style: Antlers
Natural Elements: The Appeal Of Antlers
Majestic Appendages: Antlers On Display
Stunning Beauty: Antlers In Interior Style

No matter if it is the desire for the authentic, an intriguing representation or simply a love affair with natural forms, the inclusion of antlers in the interior is an element of natural style. For certain, the organic appeal of the antler racks have been replicated and reinvented in countless formations within the world of luxe lighting and modern accessories. Dramatic to behold renditions of perhaps a rural, rustic likeness paired with urban, contemporary design. A modern spin and an element of pastoral appeal to modern spaces, indeed.

Whether desired within our spaces or merely appreciated as a natural endowment of a wild animal, the flowing and sleek formation of antlers are perhaps an ornate, grand substance that seemingly retain the grace, agility and presence of the very animal from which they came from. The mesmerizing features of these protruding forms render a majestic focal point, gifted from our forests. For those reasons, consider the natural beauty of nature’s fallen glory...


“There is grace and movement in the antler itself. They’re one of the most beautiful forms in nature…” -Gail Flynn


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