The Museum of Extinct Animals
With the Museum of Extinct Animals Moooi celebrates nature’s diversity, stimulating to stretch the limits of imagination. Highlighting that the most invaluable treasure from past and present expeditions is the unexpected diversity of beauty, in all its forms.
A timeless adventure: Moooi’s Museum of Extinct Animals
Moooi sails away on a bold adventure around the globe, digging up the dustiest of museum archives in order to find these invaluable treasures: the drawings of lost animals, trimmed by imagination. Inspired, the team created designs for surfaces: a new collection of fabrics, leathers, wallcovering and carpets that bring the extinct animal back to life! Their exotic appearance, striking features, cuteness and all their essence are absorbed into this brand new design language.
In this exhibition Moooi highlights that the most invaluable treasure from past and present expeditions is the unexpected diversity of beauty, in all its forms.
The Extinct Animals Collections
The Museum of Extinct Animals served as the main inspiration for three Extinct Animals Collections: Extinct Animals Fabrics, Extinct Animals Wallcoverings, and Extinct Animals Carpets.
Extinct Animals Fabrics
The Extinct Animal Fabrics are the ultimate high-end collection of numerous fabrics and leathers. They bring a touch of luxury, softness and a splash of natural beauty to upholstered designs from the Moooi collection.
The Extinct Animal Fabrics are a force of nature to be reckoned with! Their organic structures, extreme softness or roughness, their landscapes and geometric patterns are reminders of the wonders of nature. They embody not only the extinct animals’ looks & textures but also their tactual feel. An assortment of high-quality materials serves this purpose. They range from high pile cotton velvet to jacquards; from treated leathers to mohair and fluffy fur.
Extinct Animals Wallcoverings | In association with Arte
The Extinct Animal Wallcovering collection broadens Moooi’s design horizons by adding a new vertical dimension. Within the Extinct Animal Wallcovering collection, each pattern is inspired by the characteristics of one animal. Striking combinations of colours, features and patterns of its fur, plumage or skin bring it vividly back to life on our walls. Some designs narrate a story; others stimulate our senses through the use of imagery and textures.
Arte is a passionate manufacturer of sophisticated wallcoverings. Known for their superior quality and high-end patterns, Arte wallcoverings adorn the walls of residential homes and project interiors all over the world. Inspired by each other, Moooi and Arte achieve the highest standards of quality with extraordinary, innovative designs.
More information about Extinct Animals Wallcoverings, visit Arte-international.com
Extinct Animals Carpets | In association with MoooiCarpets
The Extinct Animal Carpets collection is a new family within the Signature collection. Each carpet is inspired by one of the extinct animals. The colours, structure and patterns of their fur, plumage or skin comes vividly back to life. Legends and stories that surround these creatures from the past also find a place at the heart of every carpet. Thanks to the use of an extremely soft and comfy material, high pile soft yard, their high resolution prints bring the animals back into our lives, untamed and beautiful.
Moooi Carpets offers a rich and refined carpet collection in different materials with an extensive assembly of unique, iconic and breath-taking designs.
For more information about the Extinct Animals Carpets, visit MoooiCarpets.com
Where it all began
Since the dawn of human civilization curiosity and a great sense of adventure have tempted explorers to undertake risky adventures in search of the unknown. New worlds were waiting to be discovered by those who persevered and survived the dangers along the way.
Some adventurers set out with a purpose: they would seek a golden treasure to change their destiny, the fountain of youth to live forever. They chased their dream with youthful dedication, possessed by a great desire for adventure, seeking a life of excitement. What they actually discovered were much greater treasures for humanity: fish that could fly, amazing-looking birds that sang like angels and underwater creatures glowing in the dark!
If safely returned to what they called civilization, they reported of remarkable new worlds and the rich beauty of exotic, diverse and extraordinary animals. Even though most of these animals were never seen again, the variety and diversity of nature exceeded imagination and puzzled even the most sceptical.