The use of insects in design has been prevalent since ancient times. But Ford pushed the envelope with his concept of including actual bugs in this interior design scheme.
According to a A New York Times article: “A mudroom is a portal from the outside,” said Mr. Ford, left. “I wanted to play with that idea, to literally bring the outside in.” Collaborating with Jennifer Angus, a Wisconsin artist whose work lies somewhere between William Morris and taxidermy, he brought in hundreds of preserved cicadas; walking leaf insects, and jungle nymphs in Rubbermaid tubs.
The window seat is constructed over three deep drawers that are cleverly labeled: Towels/Sunscreen/Raid.
The Isamu Noguchi light fixture are the top of the stairs is meant to resemble a beehive.
The insects were pinned to the wallpaper creating dynamic circular patterns.
Bravo for capturing a true entomological design!
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Images courtesy of Brad Ford ID