Rainbows and unicorns are things of my past, but somehow I never outgrew my affection for bunnies. Floppy ears and fluffy tails, I figured, were my own particular design Achilles’ heel—but then I discovered I’m far from alone. For lots of sophisticates, designers included, the love of rabbit is a lifelong affair.
Above: By Finnish designer Ina Herkert, Kani the Wooden Rabbit is hand-carved from birch. Available at NAMA for £35 ($37.17); currently out of stock. Above: From one of our favorite shops, New Zealand (and online) boutique Father Rabbit, the playful White Bunny Wall Hook is $39. Above: Also from Father Rabbit, a floppy-eared fellow featured in a Bunny Framed Print; $99 AUD ($75 USD). Above: The British have never been bashful about their love of bunnies. With her company, HAM, London designer Jo Robinson (who grew up on a farm) “seeks to add a serious edge to playful subject matter.” Shown here: the Diving Rabbit Tea Towel. Other HAM designs featuring spunky rabbits are offered as prints, mugs, and notecards; go to HAM for details.
Above: The rattan Trophy Bunny by online Japanese shop Glocal Standard Products is a whimsical play on mounted animal heads; ¥19,440 ($178.28). Above: Ed Annink’s Droog Hare Mat, made of coir, is quickly becoming a design icon. It’s available via Droog for €89 ($94.53). Now that you have your rabbits, you’re ready to enjoy Above: Artist Noëlle Burke of Philadelphia-based Etsy shop Xenotees specializes in witty screen-printed pillowcases for animal lovers. Noëlle’s Best Bunnies Pillowcases are made from 100 percent Pima cotton; starting at $35.95 for a set of two. Have a look at her cat and dog pillowcases in our gift guides. Easter in the Garden with Diane Keaton. Combating rabbits in your garden? See Gardenista’s 10 Easy Pieces: Humane Ways to Outwit Varmints.
N.B. This post is an update; the original story ran April 15, 2014.