brass dogs, cats and frogs form the bizarre furniture of apiwat chitapanya

furniture inspired by the friendship between man and his pet

For the Masaya furniture brand, Apiwat Chitapanya draws on traditional brass animal sculptures to create a whimsical collection of handcrafted furniture. Using the investment casting technique, ‘My Best Friend’ creates elegant representations of red-eyed cats, dogs and tree frogs, encapsulating their quirks and distinctive shapes in brass.

The sculptures double as a playful array of tables, seatsand hangers that evoke the unshakeable bond between man and his four-legged best friend. In particular, the idea for the collection was born from a consideration of the loneliness most people felt during long periods of isolation, where pets were often their only housemates.


‘My Best Friend’ by Apiwat Chitapanya | all pictures by Teerachai Suksawas

apiwat chitapanya carves animal arrangements from brass

Dogs, considered man’s best friend, inspired the initial piece of the furniture collection. Transmitting affection between man and his four-legged companion, Thai designer Apiwat Chitapanya began by carving a pair of greyhounds out of brass. Each sculpture is attached to a padded seat, with the dog’s body forming a backrest against a low stool. In a heart-warming composition, the Greyhound chair echoes the compassionate friendship between dogs and their owners, with the two always there for each other for comfort and support.

Cats are also among the most popular house companions, even if they are often seen as solitary creatures who seek moments of refuge in intimate corners of the house. Chitapanya draws on the way cats are often found snoozing under furniture to design the coffee table. In the coffee table, a brass feline becomes one with the table, hiding and avoiding all the hoopla above, while always keeping a constant eye on their human friend.

dogs, cats and frogs handcrafted in brass form the quirky furniture series by apiwat chitapanya
a side table and coffee table capture the cats’ lovable arrangements

“Other cats are playful and mischievous, jumping, climbing on furniture and slapping things off the counter,” cComments Apiwat Chitapanya. Translating this curious and awkward arrangement that cat owners are used to, he creates a low table where a cat playfully jumps off the surface, knocking a vase in its way. The vase and the cat form the fourth leg of the table.

The final piece looks at the red-eyed tree frog – an unusual but still beloved pet to some – commonly found clinging to plant stems, hopping and gently waddling between them. The designer captures this scene as a sculptural bronze coat rack where the stems form individual curved arms, with intricate amphibians sitting atop the tops, forming the hooks.

dogs, cats and frogs handcrafted in brass form the quirky furniture series by apiwat chitapanya
My best friend collection

dogs, cats and frogs handcrafted in brass form the quirky furniture series by apiwat chitapanya
the designer with his pair of greyhound chairs

dogs, cats and frogs handcrafted in brass form the quirky furniture series by apiwat chitapanya
the animal sculptures are made with the lost wax casting technique

dogs, cats and frogs handcrafted in brass form the quirky furniture series by apiwat chitapanya
a cat-shaped hiding place for the feline companion

dogs, cats and frogs handcrafted in brass form the quirky furniture series by apiwat chitapanya
Red Eyed Tree Frogs coat hanger

dogs, cats and frogs handcrafted in brass form the quirky furniture series by apiwat chitapanya
leaping amphibians play along the stems of the rack

project information:

first name: My best friend
designer: Apiwat Chitapanya

brand: Masaya

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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