While recently in Paris for the Maison et Objet home products fair I had a chance to visit Deyrolle, a 170 year old shop in the St.Germain district of Paris. The shop was recently featured in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”—a riff on the rose-tinted romance of nostalgia—Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard attend a party at Deyrolle, the shop is filled with a menagerie of exotic taxidermied creatures.
As weird as it is wacky, as you enter the shop you wander upstairs to discover a dinner party of monkeys hosted by a Puma and Donkey….meander down the back of the shop past the elephant and cheetah to find a room full of insects which can be purchased by the piece (EUR4-20 per insect), the arrangements then pinned and framed for your decorative desire. Don’t miss the discount table, half price green tree boa at EUR896 seems a bargain next to the EU22,000 baby giraffe or POA Polar bear!
My favorite was the shellfish for approximately EUR2000, each lobster or crab is wired and divided then mounted in glass case, these delicious fellows seem somewhat less cruel than their warm blooded friends!
Now taxidermy is back in vogue and finding its way back into people’s houses, and not just as bear or stag heads in the den! Of course, human fascination with taxidermy is nothing new, The Victorian’s (the era, not the Australian state) were lovers of the extraordinary and they adored it.
Whether you love it or hate it you can’t deny that the current fashion for taxidermy in the home. The current fashion, which started as a movement among urban hipsters in the early 2000s, has gone mainstream recently, almost 50 years after falling out of favor after the 2nd world war.
These days, taxidermy can be seen all over the interiors scene, Maison et Objet in Paris this year had a number of stands with taxidermy arrangements. Even celebrities like Martha Stewart recently posted her taxidermy collection on her blog, posing her bears, lynx, red fox, and porcupine in comic situations around her Maine home.
Love it or hate it, if you’re in Paris check out the store, just maybe not at midnight.
Deyrolle is located on the infamous St.Germain “Rue du Bac” next Antique dealers and high-end interior brands like B&B, Poliform and MaxAlto.