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10 Wooden Birds to Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

2017 is the Year of the Rooster (the tenth animal in the twelve-year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs). As the only bird represented on the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rooster is the perfect excuse to add to (or start) that collection of winsome wooden birds. Indeed, there is a growing fascination (and love affair) across the design world with small wooden figures, especially our feathered friends. Alongside notable design classics (from the Eames House Bird to Kristian Vedel’s BIRD), novel designs have been introduced by various design companies, including: LZF’s Big Bird and Normann Copenhagen’s Shorebirds.

Wooden birds are cosy and caring, cheeky and cheery. What’s more, their presence in a thoughtfully designed interior adds to a pleasing sense of hygge.

Big Bird

Big Bird is part of the eclectic and entirely eccentric Funny Farm family. Designed by Isidro Ferrer for LZF Lamps, Big Bird is made by hand in the Pyrenees by craftsman Carlos Mur, using FSC certified Pequia & African Padauk wood.

Big Bird
Big Bird.

Image © 2017 The Funny Farm.


Kristian Vedel’s curious and characteristic BIRD from ARCHITECTMADE is handmade using Danish oak. By tilting its head, the adorable BIRD can express a myriad of feelings. BIRD is available in small, large and chubby sizes, in natural or smoked oak.

Kristian Vedel’s BIRD family.
Kristian Vedel’s BIRD family.



A member of The Funny Farm, designed by Isidro Ferrer for LZF Lamps, D-Duck is a rather idiosyncratic character: “[He] only dresses in the latest fashion. He tells lies and dances before breakfast. And there’s something else, too: he’s almost always late.” Like Big Bird, D-Duck is crafted by Carlos Mur in the Pyrenees and made using FSC certified Pequia & African Padauk wood.


Image © 2017 The Funny Farm.

Eames House Bird

Contrary to popular belief, the Eameses did not design their illustrious house bird. Instead, this piece of American folk art was likely acquired during Charles and Ray’s various travels. Vitra has been manufacturing the Eames House Bird in solid alder with a black lacquer finish, since 2007.

Vitra Eames House Bird.
Eames House Bird.

Images via Skandium.

Howdy Owl

The sculptural Howdy Owl is the result of a collaboration between Oslo-based design studio StokkeAustad and Oslo-based designer Andreas Engesvik. Milled from oak in several sizes, the Howdy Owl’s demeanour is both knowing and expressive.

Howdy Owls.

Photo credit: StokkeAustad by Delphine Rumo.


The simple Shorebird, made using oak and lacquered steel, was designed by Icelandic designer Sigurjón Pálsson for Normann Copenhagen.

Shorebird in varied sizes and colours.

Image © 2017 Normann Copenhagen ApS.


Designed by Kay Bojesen in the 1950s, the wooden Songbird family is produced by Rosendahl (with each bird named after a member of the Bojesen family).

Songbird’s Sunshine and Kay (named after Mr. Bojesen himself, who was a fan of the colour blue).

Image © Kay Bojesen.


The delightful wooden Sparrow was designed by celebrated Danish designer Gunnar Flørning. It is one of a number of Flørning’s designs to be reintroduced by Danish brand Lucie Kaas. Sparrow is available in three sizes and made with oak or tropical chestnut.

Sparrow in three sizes by Gunnar Flørning.

Image via Lucie Kaas.


Scandinavian design studio Everything Elevated designed the graceful oak Swan for Normann Copenhagen.

Swan in white.

Image © 2017 Normann Copenhagen ApS.


‘Turned’ is the name given to an endearing collection of birds by Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland. From a single piece of leftover wood, each charming bird is crafted and shaped. The collection, produced by Swedish design studio Hem, includes a Kiwi, Owl, Penguin and Sparrow.

Turned birds.

Image © 2017 Hem.

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