Cowardly Lion Mirror from Colleen & EricBushwick, NY Visit Their Site
Humanity’s quest for dominion over nature was a major theme in 18th- and 19th-century Western culture, expressed by artisans through carved lion paws on furniture and home goods. Today, in the midst of climate change and other manmade environmental disasters, one Brooklyn-based furniture and home goods designer-couple, known simply as Colleen & Eric, is reinterpreting that theme, albeit in a playful way. Their handcrafted Cowardly Lion Mirror, made of solid cherry with shellac finish and brass hardware, is a whimsical reminder that mankind doesn’t need to take the lion’s share of what the earth has to offer. Colleen and Eric are both Pratt Institute industrial design graduates, with a background in wood finishing and antiques restoration (Colleen) as well as fabrication (Eric). Together they offer complete design and fabrication services, for which they’ve recently won several accolades, including the Etsy & NASA Space Craft competition’s top prize.