Trained as a cabinet maker, Wenzel Friedrich immigrated to the US in 1853, settling in San Antonio, Texas. In 1880, he realized the potential of the Texas stockyards’ plentiful supply of steer horns for use in the making of furniture. It is likely that Friedrich was inspired by furniture he had seen in Europe, where antlers and other emblems of the hunt were used as décor as early as the 15th century. Friedrich’s horned furniture fulfilled the Victorian fancy for the unusual, as well as symbolizing the Wild West. Heating the horn made the material pliable, allowing Friedrich to create exaggerated curves for his pieces. If you happen to live in San Antonio, you can see examples of his work in the historic Oge House, which is now a Bed & Breakfast.
You can read more about Friedrich Wenzel’s horn furniture designs at This Link.
Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan.
This fun ceramic sugar skull wall trophy was created by the Mexico City-based Ceramica La Mejor; a high-end commercial ceramic production company that makes all kind of cool stuff. We visited their booth at ICFF and took a few photos of one of our favorite pieces for our Pink Thing of the Day!
Here he is again, hanging around with all of his colorful friends! Find out more about Ceramica La Mejor at This Link!
There is no denying that the above sculpture is a mortifying horrorshow of excruciatingly bad taste. Who on earth would want to own this Deer Trophy Sculpture with Tits? A misogynist hunter who’s only 12 years old? Maybe I’m just not in on the joke. See more work by artist Andres Amaya, including fish with tits and ducks with tits, at This Link!
Photographed in the Andres Amaya Booth at the ICFF!