From textiles and wallcoverings to glass mosaics, feathers are taking flight in interior design.
Handcrafted in Virginia by master mosaicists, New Ravenna’s Plume series takes inspiration from pheasant and guinea fowl feathers. Each distinct mosaic panel in the triptych series is a hyperrealistic feather portrait set against black obsidian glass, and the plumes feature 18 colors of hand-cut jewel glass, including tiger’s eye, ruby, alabaster, tourmaline, and more. Measuring 4 feet wide by 7 feet tall, the colossal panels can also be fully customized with the client’s preferred materials. Price upon request, newravenna.com
Each Coral & Tusk embroidery begins as an original hand-drawn illustration by Wyoming-based founder and designer Stephanie Housley. Founded in 2007, the brand is known for its nature-inspired and often whimsical home goods, including feather-adorned throw pillows, table linens, and more. Machine embroidered on 100 percent linen, the feather designs represent a wide variety of birds, from hawks and owls to orioles and blue jays. Pillows from $108, dinner napkins $48 each, table runners from $248, coralandtusk.com
Best known for his intricate feather carvings, Chris Maynard works with feathers from parrots, peacocks, turkeys, and more to create striking shadowbox artworks. But the Olympia, Washington-based artist and naturalist also photographs his stock of feathers, occasionally creating prints for designers across the country. Most recently he partnered with Dallas-based Brenda Houston on a collection of wallcoverings based on his photos. From the brilliant peacock feathers on a black background to the bright parrot plumes on cream, each wallcovering is an ode to the birds Maynard has been enamored with since childhood. Price upon request, brendahouston.com; featherfolio.com
Barloga Studios’ hand-signed prints are made one-by-one in Northern California, including the father-and-son photography duo’s series of feather studies. The beautifully detailed images depict feathers from an array of winged creatures, including pheasants, partridges, geese, guinea fowl, and many more. Available in a variety of frame options, the prints come in two sizes and can be printed on two types of paper—Nepalese handmade paper for an old-world look or English watercolor paper for something lighter and brighter. From $60 (print only), barlogastudios.com
From our October 2021 issue
Photography: (Coral & Tusk images) courtesy Will Ellis; (All others) courtesy vendors