Melissa Collison


ruffled feathers

If you are a regular reader of this blog you'll know that I regularly put together storyboards to inspire a little imagination.  Sometimes these boards are practical, and other times they are not.

Now be patient, you're going to have weave your way through this menagerie of peacock plumage, but you will soon see how the peacock has influenced us in design - from the iconic Wegner chair to the mid-century peacock mirror, to wallpapers and painted ceramics...

Peacocks are revered around the globe and have been for centuries:

It is believed that a peacock (sometimes a pair of peacocks) stands guard at the entrance to the Gates of Paradise. They are also a symbol of the immortality of Christ.  In Buddhist iconography, peacocks are symbols of wisdom. They are compared to the great bodhisattvas for their ability to consume poisonous plants without being affected, just as a bodhisattva is capable of taking in the toxins of human emotion while still attaining Enlightenment.  Native American cultures view the peacock as a symbol of dignity, wholeness, and beauty.  In Greek mythology the peacock is associated with Hera, who placed the decapitated head of the hundred-eyed Argus on the tail of her favorite bird. It is seen to symbolize the heavens and the “eyes” of the stars.  The peacock is associated with the Hindu deity that represents benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion, and luck. It is also the national bird of India.  In Japan, the peacock is associated with an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness.

However you want to look at the peacock, hopefully this tickles your fancy...

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Ready to strut your stuff?  You’ll be enticing all the females with this self-indulgent (1) wallpaper choice for your oh-so-important vanity room.  Let the (2) decorative screen preen itself next to the exquisitely detailed (3) wrought iron chair.  All the chicks will be a fan of your (4) iconic peacock chair, but if that doesn’t ruffle their feathers, hit their gander with your (5) porcelain pot in a spectacular shade of Indian blue.  You’ll be as proud as this ostentatious (6) curtis jere wall sculpture. This mating season it’s all about brilliant colours; think (7) ikat prints and (8) vintage artwork.  Oo-ee looks like you’re in a stand-off between the (9) ornate beaded peacock sculpture and the (10) mid century Jere sculpture.  You're all calling out for the attentions of (11) Brigitte Bardot, but she’s already nestled herself into a bamboo chair of her own.  Never mind, you can just keep stroking your plumage in the reflection of this (12) extravagant mirror frame.  You’re fowl.