Halloween-Inspired Home Furnishings
From a skull chair to a coffin couch, these spooky furnishings will help you enjoy the witching season year-round
Halloween—what a scream! Yes, the witching hour is upon us, with all its thrills and chills. But what if you could keep that spooky feeling alive long after the harvest moon sets? We've assembled some of the most spine-tingling home furnishings and furniture in the natural world, all sure to add a bit of batty style to your home year-round.
It's no apparition: These drop-dead gorgeous sofas from Coffin Couches are made from recycled 18-gauge steel coffins obtained from funeral homes in Southern California. (Because of slight cosmetic inconsistencies, the coffins were never used for burial; health and safety laws prohibit funeral homes from reselling used coffins.) Supported by six steel legs, each custom creation can support 900 pounds. Couches are upholstered with cushy leather or vinyl padding in out-of-this-world colors, such as Dodger blue, pink, and red.
Shown here: the hair-raising Green Lantern style. The couches are 83 inches long by 35 inches high by 28 inches wide. About $3,500, Coffin Couches
Ghouls Alive! Choe & Tomlinson's Skull self-portrait mirror brings "scary" back to the looking glass. Made of lightweight acrylic, this creepy accent piece is easy to mount and makes a truly wicked impression. It's also available in other unsettling mirror images, including pearl necklace, songbird, mustachio, pirate, and antler patterns. It measures 12 inches wide by 16 inches long. About $35, Areaware
Hark, who goes there? Light up the pitch-black night with this disarming wall hook with candle holder from Harry Allen. Cast from the designer's own fist, this realistic-looking, easily mounted home accessory can be converted into a bud vase. The collection is available in solid white or frosted resin and a handful of other riveting styles, including a single-digit hook, multiple hooks, a shelflike hand, and an incense holder. It measures 5¾ inches wide by 9 inches tall. About $75, Areaware
Add this wild bit of skullduggery to your digs and give the neighbors something to buzz about long after the trick-or-treaters have retired their cute costumes. Conceived by Rotterdam-based artist Joep van Lieshout, founder of Atelier van Lieshout, the fiberglass Sensory Deprivation Skull creates a totally private chamber for those moments when you want to make like Casper and disappear from plain sight. It is 59 1/10 inches tall by 43 3/10 inches long by 53 9/10 inches wide. For more information and pricing, e-mail: [email protected] or visit Atelier Van Lieshout
Brooklyn-based artist Thomas Keeley's specialty is turning everyday objects into provocative yet functional works of art. Cloaked in mystery, this black wooden chair with rubber bat wings and white enamel-coated fangs made from the chair's original black slats seems like something brewed up in a big, fat cauldron, but it works like a charm in your living room—perhaps placed dead center. Price available upon request, Thomas Keeley
Who said you can't take it with you? The Ingres solid-pine display cabinet features velvet bedding and can show off everything from books to tchotchkes to shrunken heads. It's also the size of an adult-sized coffin, meaning it can be repurposed to store the dearly departed, should the need arise. Shown here with a two-tone amber and ebony finish. It measures 79 inches long by 22 inches wide by 12 inches deep. About $499.95, MHP Enterprises, Ltd.
Straight out of Transylvania, er, Oregon, this sleeping bat, fashioned from handblown glass by Skip Horton and Donna Beverly, is designed to vamp up your fan, lamp, or window-shade pull. Easy to attach, it makes finding the chord a cinch, even in the midnight hour. Bat is 3½ inches long; chain is 12 inches long. About $45, Uncommon Goods
Mysterious objects that go thump in the night—like this Gavin the Gargoyle servant table from Design Toscano—somehow lose their eerie quality in the light of day. Made of resin and sculpted to show his scaly body from every angle, this bewitching 10-pound beast adds a Gothic touch to your living room or garden. It measures 14 inches wide by 12 inches in diameter by 15 inches high. About $45, Design Toscano
Something wonderfully wicked this way comes to your home or vegetable patch. Standing 4 feet tall above its adjustable roof mount, Design Toscano's hand-soldered, copper dragon weathervane is the perfect complement to the house that boo built. Another version of the weathervane allows you to position it as a stake in your garden. This 22-pound work of decorative art is finished in natural verdigris to weather the seasons. It is 20 inches wide by 30 inches in diameter by 63 inches high. About $399, Design Toscano
No need to bury these skull-and-crossbones treasures in your closet when you can proudly display your plunder in every room. Available in American white pine or Malaysian pakawood, each custom-made keepsake can be hand-stained in a raft of colors—including Caribbean blue, bilge green, pretty pirate pink, and blood red—and then hand painted with any number of logos, including the Pirate Company trademark, the Pirate Furniture Company Skull, the British East India Trading Company trademark, or the Jolly Roger Jr.
Beguiling booty pictured here: Tall table/stand with two shelves and one small drawer, 15½ inches long by 14 inches wide by 30 inches high; about $200. Wooden treasure chest available in small (17½ inches long by 11 inches wide by 14 inches high), about $125; medium (21½ inches long by 14 inches wide by 16 inches high), about $175; or large (25½ inches long by 15½ inches wide by 18 inches high), about $200). Little Pirate Rocking Bones (12 inches long by 31 inches wide by 26 inches high). About $175, The Pirate Trading Co.
Though stretched out like an ornithological corpse with its tiny feet in the air, this earth-friendly bird light hasn't flown to the great beyond—it's merely taking a snooze on your end table. Made by hand and fired in a wind-powered kiln, it comes with a filament bulb and plug. It comes in bottle brown (shown) or opal. It measures 4½ inches high by 12½ inches long by 4½ inches wide. About $450, bluehouse
So your great-great-uncle-once-removed made a killing and left the family fortune to you? Spend it like there's no tomorrow on the Manhattan casket pool table by MHP Enterprises Ltd., a family-owned company based in British Columbia that's been in the casket business since 1927. The table is made of exotic hardwood and covered with a black lacquer finish. Prices range depending on the size you choose (from 4 feet wide by 7 feet long to 6 feet wide by 12 feet long) and how many bells and whistles you add, such as 14-karat-gold or mother-of-pearl inlaid sights, a one-piece granite or slate playing surface, a maple housing frame, and/or metal handles. Crazy expensive, true, but it will last more than a lifetime: The coffin beneath the playing surface pulls out and can be used to transport you to your final resting place when it's time to meet your maker. From about $4,995, MHP Enterprises Ltd.
Muddy footprints in the house? Nevermore with this raven doormat from Uncommon Goods. which is sure to bewitch the neighborhood hobgoblins who come knocking this Halloween. Made of durable, mildew- and fungus-resistant coir, it measures 18 inches long by 30 inches wide. About $24, Uncommon Goods
Place a glass votive candle inside this unique bowl to create a sophisticated orange glow that's light years beyond a jack-o'-lantern's. Artisan Margaret Dorfman hand-builds each bowl with parchment made from slices of dried Mexican papaya, a process that involves curing, pressing, and aging. Each bowl measures 8½ inches high by 11 inches in diameter. About $54, Uncommon Goods
Turn your home into an eerie castle with this intricately sculpted resin dragon sconce—all that's missing is the moat. The electric wall sconce holds a 6-inch-diameter glass orb and is sure to conjure up images of brave knights and fair maidens. It is 9 inches wide by 15 inches in diameter by 10 inches high. About $75, Design Toscano
Get caught up in the spirit of All Hallow's Eve with this iron-wire Spider Web Three-Tier Stand from Crate & Barrel. Home-baked goodies taste so much better when they're displayed on this enchanting little black number—and served alongside a steaming cup of witches' brew. It is 12.6 inches wide by 11.4 inches in diameter by 18½ inches high. About $19.95, Crate & Barrel