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Animal House

by habituallychic

11 . 28 . 07

It’s funny how you can come across something you’ve never heard of before and then right after end up seeing it everywhere. Such was the case with the new book by photographer Catherine Ledner Animal House a perfect gift for any design obsessed animal lover!

According to The New York Times, “Catherine Ledner lives with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 11 rabbits and 1 husband in Altadena, Calif. A portraitist and commercial photographer, Ms. Ledner became fascinated by the idea of using wallpaper patterns in animal portraiture, and her new book, “Animal House,” is the result. During her research, she pored over wallpaper books from the 1930s and ’40s, and pulled new samples from the Pacific Design Center. The 47 animals were cast from the pool the local trainers had available. Once she had chosen her matches, Ms. Ledner wallpapered moveable walls in her studio, and invited the animals in.”

The fox is my personal favorite and was apparently the shyest, but loosened up the longer he stayed on the set. His paper, from a 1930s pattern, was made for Ms. Ledner by Astek Wallcoverings, a company that can copy any pattern with a repeat.

The deer came twice, once to check out the studio and again for his portrait. “I have a particular fondness for deer,” Ms. Ledner said, “so it was very spiritual” to have him there.

The vulture was shot against a discontinued Cole and Son paper and was a bit timid, moved slowly and responded well to treats according to Ms. Ledner.

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  1. Brilliant Asylum November 28, 2007 | 1:10 am

    Buying this right now! I know someone that will love this book. Thanks!!

  2. Habitually Chic November 28, 2007 | 1:16 am

    BA, That’s great! Compared to all the other books out this holiday season, this one is really reasonably priced too. I think I might buy it for quite a few people!

  3. Jennifer Ramos November 28, 2007 | 3:31 am


    Jen Ramos
    ‘Earth Friendly DESIGNER Cards’

  4. dianamuse November 28, 2007 | 5:03 pm

    Hadn’t seen it, nor heard of it either – but now you’ve got me on its trail. The vulture pic is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long while. Catherine Ledner sounds like quite a character, and a brilliant one at that! Thanks for the preview.

  5. The Peak of Chic November 28, 2007 | 8:19 pm

    I’ve been dying for this book. So clever!

  6. nunu pepe' November 29, 2007 | 5:16 am

    Those images are just unreal, the colour is so vibrant, I would love to have a wall with all these images displayed in one place, maybe a dining room for interesting conversation….she really is a brilliant photographer!

  7. Topsy Turvy November 29, 2007 | 2:43 pm

    Wallpaper and animals … I think I have to have this book!
    I’m always concerned about animals being used in photos, but sounds like she was careful and sensitive.
    Thanks H.C. for a wonderful (as usual) blog.

  8. Alice Olive November 29, 2007 | 3:09 pm

    Wonderful! I especially love the wallpaper behind the deer. The whole idea is unique – love it!

  9. katiedid November 29, 2007 | 4:54 pm

    Ooooh! That fox is so cute! What a fun book.:)

  10. Paul Pincus March 21, 2008 | 10:29 pm

    Love Catherine’s work…this book is incredible!