Archibird is a birdcage-console that was designed both as a sculpture and as a functional piece of furniture. The concept was to go beyond the traditional birdcage and to integrate it into a home by turning it into a console. Within their cages, birds are staged as though in a theater set. The glass bells refer to curiosity cabinets with stuffed birds that seem to come alive. The search for visual lightness has been the focus of the console development. As a consequence, the bottom of the cage seems to be hanging in the air, suspended by thin steel tethers while the feet of the console get thinner and thinner so as to create a slender shape.
The purity of the materials translate an idealized vision of the natural world. Yet despite the sculptural aspect of the birdcage, every necessary functional part of a real birdcage has been retained, from the birdbath to the feeders to the accessibility of the branches.
As for the console itself, it is composed of a tabletop supported by four massive oak feet. The birdcage, with its oak bottom, connects to the console through a white laquered steel tree. The branches spurting out from the console are imprisoned under clear glass bells. Steel tethers delineate the outer borders of the cage and can be removed for accessibility and cleaning purposes.