Are Tumbleweeds the New Taxidermy?

One man's trash is another man's treasure... and our new favorite decor trend.

Are Tumbleweeds the New Taxidermy?
(Left) photographed by Colette de Barros. (Right) photographed by Tom Rauner, courtesy of Eskayel

Believe it or not, this superfluous weed once resigned to cinematic Wild West shoot-outs is having it's moment in the design spotlight. During a recent visit to the trendy Playland Motel in Rockaway Beach, New York, I was taken by the organic sculptures found throughout the guest suite designed by Shanan Campanaro & Michelle Zacks. The tumbleweed they stationed above the upholstered headboard (above right) felt akin to the age-old practice of mounted taxidermy and horns, and it got me thinking: are tumbleweeds the new taxidermy? 

Are Tumbleweeds the New Taxidermy?
Photographed by Megan Buchanan

Similarly to its horned alternative, the humble tumbleweed can provide 3D interest in a gallery wall arrangement, and its light weight makes it easy to mount. Photographer Megan Buchanan (above) captures a lovely incarnation, in which the tangled plant adds a sculptural note to a fireplace vignette, layered atop an antiqued mirror with a simple nail and string. 

In a slightly less home-friendly, but no less dramatic move,  Calvin Klein Home created an artful stack in its minimalist Highpoint, North Carolina, showroom (below), snapped by Lonny's own @CatDash.

Are Tumbleweeds the New Taxidermy?
via Instagram @catdash

The fossil-like plant has also been translated to a wallpaper motif by designers Cy and Genevieve Carter of Carter Design—a sure sign of big things to come for this alt-flora. Keep a look out for the sculptural trend and share your finds with us @LonnyMag.

The tumbleweed trend in 2D; wallpaper by Carter Design. 
The tumbleweed trend in 2D; wallpaper by Carter Design. 
Photographed by Adrianne Tyson

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