It wouldn’t be surrealism if it didn’t make you wonder, if only for a second, what on Earth you are looking at. A limited-edition cabinet made from a taxidermied sheep is one of the latest furniture designs for BD Barcelona Design’s Dali Collection, a line of furniture dedicated to Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Designer Oscar Tusquets Blanca referenced the 1942 Dali painting “Interpretation project for a stable-library” that includes a lamb with a drawer sliding out from its stomach and a telephone balanced on its back.
Rather than a telephone, the sheep in the Xai side table design balances a circular wooden table on its back. Rococo bronze feet replace the sheep’s hooves, and the drawer in the abdomen is accessible with a wooden knob. Twenty-one lambs were hand selected from a Parisian slaughterhouse for the project. They were sent to Parisian taxidermist and friend of Dali, Deyrolle.
BD Barcelona Design commissioned 21 of the Xai side tables. Twenty white pieces are available for around $50,162 each, and one black piece (literally the black sheep of the collection) is available for $98,950 (depending on euro to dollar conversion rates). Blanca, a friend of Dali’s, started the Dali Furniture Collection in 1972.
You can see more of BD Barcelona Design’s collections here.