If you have even the most passing interest in chairs, then you could do a lot worse than taking a wander through the archives of AnOther Loves. We really love chairs, in every shape and size: disco, classic, sleek, minimal, stately, tiny, immense, ethereal and even one that’s shaped like the Eiffel Tower. But today we’re all celebrating the longed for arrival of the Easter bank holiday, so we only have eyes for one piece of seating apparatus – this fantastic Bunny Chair by Merve Kahraman, chosen by AnOther’s fashion coordinator Mhairi Graham.
The idea of a Easter rabbit character first emerged in Germany in the 17th century, as a benevolent bunny who carried coloured eggs, sweets and toys in his basket, which he would distribute to children in accordance to whether they had been good or bad in the run up to the festival. The choice of the hare or rabbit as this harbinger of good spring news came from a ancient belief that the hare was a hermaphrodite – thus could reproduce without losing its virginity like the Virgin Mary – and that the rabbit had played a role in the Easter story, welcoming Jesus back into his favourite garden on the day of his resurrection. Both animals – like eggs – are also symbols of fertility, known to give birth to large litters in the spring, so becoming synonymous with the reawakening of the earth after the wintery sleep.
"The Easter bunny carried coloured eggs, sweets and toys in his basket, which he would distribute to children in accordance to whether they had been good or bad"
The modern day Easter bunny has moved firmly away from religious association, taking up its place – like Father Christmas – as a commercial force for the season, selling a million gilded eggs and causing much joy and indigestion. With this in mind, we are celebrating our Easter via the chic medium of Kahraman’s brilliantly perky eared chair, which nods to the season while steering clear of the creepy. Here Graham tells us why she chose it, and gives us her answer to one of life's oldest questions.
Why did you love this chair?
Merve Kahraman's use of taxidermy, animals and imagination is wonderful. This chair is reminiscent of the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland and it is perfect for Easter.
Where would you keep it if you owned it?
Pride of place in my living room.
What's your favourite Easter tradition?
Easter is one of my favourite holidays. I like baking Easter treats, enjoying the nice weather and general over-indulgence.
Who would you invite on your dream Easter egg hunt, and what kind of eggs would you be searching for?
A Fabergé egg hunt with AnOther's Top Ten Redheads.
Who's your favourite Easter bunny from art, fashion, film or culture?
I like the original vintage Playboy bunnies, like Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe, Madeline Castle etc. I also still love the Givenchy and Comme des Garçons rabbit ears.
Playboy bunnies or real bunnies?
Tough call... but Playboy bunnies.
Which came first – chicken or egg?
What are you looking forward to about May?
What's on your wishlist?
Givenchy skate shoes.