Sep 23

Leather Footstools

I got home from the Jonathan Adler store and announced to Paul that I wanted to buy a $1,000 leather footstool. He said, “What? no way.” Then I showed him a picture of it and he said, “Oh, well you didn’t say it was a piece of art–that is awesome, let’s get it.” It will be a long time before we save up enough pennies to purchase this {that gives me time to decide between the piggie and the hippo} but this is just one more reason I’m glad I married Paul–he gets why a leather piggie footstool is so cool.

{If you haven’t seen these in person they are amazing–and quite large. You could even use it for extra seating in a pinch.}


  • Rachel says:

    The hippo is crazy cute and makes the price tag seem so reasonable. You’re right – it’s art!

  • Anonymous says:

    pig for sure!

  • Helen says:

    wow amazing! i vote pig!

  • MomVee says:

    Reminds me of the picture of Edie Sedgwick doing an arabesque on her leather rhinoceros.

  • MelancholySmile says:

    I vote hippo!

  • Kerry says:


    (and just think how great the leather will be the older it gets!)

  • Katie says:

    I think the hippo is SOOO cute. Love the little ears

  • k8theriver says:

    i bet you’d have moses’ vote, too.

  • Flora D says:

    I vote for the hippo. They are just great! Thanks for sharing!

  • ashlynn says:

    I would agree – much better than a regular old footstool!

  • Jennifer Leal says:

    I say pig but hippo does offer great nasal orifices for MOses to stick things into. :)

  • Samantha says:

    If it makes you feel any better about the purchase, my Parents have the hippo. They bought him 30+ years ago in the early ’70’s on a trip to London, and yes, he is still going strong…

  • kati says:

    ok. i don’t want to sound too PETA-ish here and i usually love the same things you love and i love great ottomans BUT there is just something a little creepy about taking the skin off a dead real animal and then shaping it into a fake animal. :( so if you’re going to get it, though, definitely go for the pig… :)

  • kaili says:

    I adore these – I think that $1000 is totally reasonable for something that you will have for ever. It seems very child friendly as well, so perhaps you could do some creative accounting in budgeting? ;)

    Oh, and I vote for either – they’re both fab!

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  • Chris says:

    I think the hippo has a cuter face.

  • dandelionmama says:

    Pig. Pig pig pig!

  • tina says:

    Love those! I vote for the hippo. I just showed the photo to my husband as we sit here on the sofa. He said, “those are awesome.” He too gets why a leather piggy footstool is so cool. I guess I married well, too!

  • MamaAngel says:

    how whimsical!

  • Stephanie says:

    I vote for the pig! So adorable.

  • Cloverity says:

    I vote for the hippo! Suuuch a cute expression.

  • Agnes Minerva says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you for sharing this! It makes me so happy to know that things like this exist in the world :)

  • april says:

    Okay- I’m now going to need my own hippo ottoman. Thanks alot you just cost me $1000.

  • Anonymous says:

    wow! what an artsy twist! to take the skin of a pig and form it into a pig shaped foot rest.

  • Chloe says:

    Yeah, that’s really cool. Now I want one to…

  • alex in wonderL.A.nd says:

    You have to get one! I grew up with the six-foot papa rhino and an elephant footstool by Omersa (the company Adler shops are exporting) and am so happy that they’re available here! Ironically, both my parents were raised in L.A. with a set of the rhinos (papa, mama and baby) and they are all spread out amongst the family now. The big rhino was my nursery jungle gym and now it serves as a wonderful seat for two. They are are pieces of art, amazing craftsmanship and are family history marked by worn leather, torn tails and fragile horns.

  • Vibhu says:

    i’m actually amazed at the shallow view of people here who’ve been calling these pig and hippo footstools cute – you guys really like the cute animals but did u guys think these footstools have been made with some animal’s ripped off skin for which he had give up his life?? I’m mean if you really like these animal footstools then you guys must be animal lovers – think deeper, an animal died a horrible death to turn into the footstool!!!! WAKE UP People!!!

  • Vibhu says:

    For those of you who are confused how animals die for these footstools: These footstools are made with leather and leather is nothing but skin of dead animals , chemically treated to keept it from decomposing!!! WHY WOULD WE LIKE TO LIVE WITH A CHEMIALLY TREATED DEAD SKIN IN OUR HOUSE?? There’s enough range of equally good looking house utility items to choose from, we just need to look around!

  • Kimberlee says:

    oh yes – i LOVE these!!! x

  • Anonymous says:

    Clearly Hippo

  • Anonymous says:

    i’m having a hard time with this one, to be honest. admittedly, i don’t do leather, but that’s not what’s bothering me.

    1000 dollars for a footstool? really? there isn’t anything better you could do with your savings? i mean, if it’s art you want, why not buy it from an artist and not a company? there are plenty of artists out there for whom $1,000 would make a huge difference.

  • liz says:

    I think you should just buy a real pig. That might be more fun, a greater conversation piece. If pink doesn’t work out for the room you could always paint it. A different color every season if you wanted.

    I really think a real pig would be better.

  • Rachel says:

    I want the Elephant!

    And mines *slightly* cheaper than yours. :) So cute.

    (And to anonymous, I think Jordan knows all about being an artist since she’s married to one. What makes you think Jonathan Adler is no longer an artist now that he has a successful business?)

  • Greeneyes says:

    I love the pig!
    If you got the hippo, however, you could call it a “hippopottoman”, which is just plain fun to say aloud.

  • liz s says:

    i never though footstools would create so much blog drama. geez.
    ps LOVE the hippo

  • Anonymous says:

    Seriously…this? For 1,000 big ones? Seriously?

  • Anonymous says:

    What happened to your taste level? I can only see this being in some country mom house with those oversized rusty stars on the wall. Super Gross. Not a fan.

    (love the anonymous feature)

  • Caroline says:

    I have to say I find these a bit creepy. It looks like a whole pig that has been spit roast.

    This is my first time commenting, though. I love your blog and it is so uplifting. :)

  • Madhavi says:

    I love your blog Jordan. It is very inspiring. However, I am also of the camp that these are dead animals skins used to make a non essential item. There are so many beautiful things out there – a piece in which significant suffering is involved for any being isn’t beautiful at all.

  • Anonymous says:

    as bizarre as they are ugly

  • Anonymous says:

    Geez, people, I’m a vegetarian and I don’t see the need to jump on someone over a leather footstool. Are you protesting over every leather couch posted on the internet? And Jordan’s shoe posts? It’s not like people are out poaching cows for their precious hides and hunting their species to extinction…. I mean, they get eaten too. You (hypocritical) guys are just hung up on this item because of the shape.

  • Anonymous says:

    you know it’s “art” when it can invoke such strong responses from people!

  • Honeyspy says:


    *falls over* Greeneyes, I would hug you if I could! haha!

  • alex in wonderL.A.nd says:

    I know this makes little difference to those with strong beliefs on the leather issue BUT the craftsmen who hand make each and every animal in this English countryside company are working with remnants. The whole concept began over half a century ago when the making of leather couches and chairs led to all this discarded material. And a man took the pieces and began to sew these together. Reuse and recycle, right?

  • Kelly says:

    I’d be interested to know if he credits the original Abercrombie and Fitch leather rhino or the original manufacturer who is still making them, Omersa. Nowhere on his site do I see that mentioned and I notice his has one less horn then the original. I guess he now considers this his own design, much like many of his other notoriously copied items.

  • Anonymous says:

    Just a suggestion – I went to the Omersa website and it seems like the price after exchange rate and shipping will be cheaper. I don’t know if you’ll get hit with duty though. The website is:

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