Larger than life insect-shaped armoire pays homage to nature

Janis Straupe
© Janis Straupe

In this modern age of flatpack and 3D printed furniture, it's not often that we see mind-blowing, traditionally handcrafted pieces like this extraordinary wooden armoire. Sculpted by Latvian designer and woodcarver Janis Straupe, BUG was inspired by a beachside stroll, where Straupe came upon an iridescent beetle, a "puny leaf-eater," wandering the shore. Captivated by its seamless carapace, the idea dawned upon Straupe to create a piece of furniture that would be a fitting and functional homage to this remarkable little creature:

The closet can be perceived as an ode to the beetle, for looking at the BUG is comparable to gazing at a portrait of a king dressed in a purple mantle.

Built with locally sourced wood, this organically shaped armoire opens up along the center to reveal two 'wings' packed full of cubbies and drawers for plentiful storage.

© Janis Straupe

The beetle's head also swings up, providing even more storage alcoves. Some of the shelves in this cabinet are adjustable, offering another level of flexibility in this sturdy piece of furniture. Similar to traditional fancy furniture, there's also two hidden compartments for hiding trinkets.

© Janis Straupe
© Janis Straupe
© Janis Straupe
© Janis Straupe

We can only imagine the endless hours of sweat and skill that went into this stunning masterpiece -- which is not only an impressive work of art but also a respectful tribute to the wonders of nature. More over at True Latvia, to inquire about purchase, visit this link.

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