furniture inspired by the friendship between man and his pet
For the furniture brand Masaya, Apiwat Chitapanya draws on traditional brass animal sculptures to create an original collection of handcrafted furniture. Using the lost-wax casting technique, “My Best Friend” creates elegant renderings of red-eyed cats, dogs and tree frogs, encapsulating their quirks and distinctive shapes in brass.
The sculptures are coupled with a playful series of the tables, chairs, and coat racks that evoke the unbreakable bond between man and his four-legged best friend. In particular, the idea for the collection emerged from a consideration of the loneliness felt by most people during long lockdown terms – where pets were often their only companions at home.
‘My Best Friend’ by Apiwat Chitapanya | all images by Teerachai Suksawas
apiwat chitapanya carves brass animal layouts
Dogs, considered man’s best friend, inspired the initial piece in the furniture collection. To transmit the affection between the man and his four-legged companion, Designer based in Thailand Apiwat Chitapanya began by sculpting a pair of brass greyhounds. Each sculpture is attached to a plush seat, with the dog’s body forming a backrest against a low stool. In a warm composition, the Greyhound chair echoes the compassionate friendship between dogs and their owners, with the two always there for each other for comfort and support.
Cats are also among the most popular household companions, although they are often thought of as solitary creatures seeking moments of refuge in intimate nooks around the house. Chitapanya is inspired by the way cats often nap under furniture to design the side table. In the side table, a brass feline becomes one with the table, hiding and avoiding all the commotion above while keeping a constant eye on its human friend.
a side table and a coffee table capture the adorable dispositions of the cats
“The other cats are playful and mischievous, jumping, climbing on furniture and hitting objects on the counter”, vscomments Apiwat Chitapanya. Translating this curious and awkward layout that cat owners are used to, he creates a low side table in which a cat happily jumps from the surface, knocking over a vase in the process. The vase and the cat form the fourth leg of the table.
The final piece looks at the red-eyed tree frog – an uncommon but still beloved pet to some – which can usually be found clinging to the stems of plants, jumping and swinging delicately between them. The designer captures this scene as a sculptural bronze coat rack where rods form individual curved arms, with intricate amphibians found at the tops, forming the hangers.
My best friend collection
the designer with his pair of greyhound armchairs
the animal sculptures are made using the technique of lost wax casting
a cat-shaped hiding place for the feline companion
Red eyed frog coat rack
leaping amphibians play along the rods of the rack
Last name: My best friend
designate: Apiwat Chitapanya
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edited by: ravail khan | design boom