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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.}

  1. Rachel

    September 23, 2008

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

  2. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008

    pig for sure!

  3. Helen

    September 23, 2008

    wow amazing! i vote pig!

  4. MomVee

    September 23, 2008

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

  5. MelancholySmile

    September 23, 2008

    I vote hippo!

  6. Kerry

    September 23, 2008


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

  7. Katie

    September 23, 2008

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

  8. k8theriver

    September 23, 2008

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

  9. katek

    September 23, 2008


  10. Flora D

    September 23, 2008

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

  11. ashlynn

    September 23, 2008

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

  12. Jennifer Leal

    September 23, 2008

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

  13. Samantha

    September 23, 2008

    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…

  14. kati

    September 23, 2008

    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… 🙂

  15. kaili

    September 23, 2008

    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!

  16. Kyle and Hillary

    September 23, 2008


  17. Chris

    September 23, 2008

    I think the hippo has a cuter face.

  18. dandelionmama

    September 23, 2008

    Pig. Pig pig pig!

  19. tina

    September 23, 2008

    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!

  20. MamaAngel

    September 23, 2008

    how whimsical!

  21. Stephanie

    September 23, 2008

    I vote for the pig! So adorable.

  22. Cloverity

    September 23, 2008

    I vote for the hippo! Suuuch a cute expression.

  23. Agnes Minerva

    September 23, 2008

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

  24. jen&john&maddy

    September 23, 2008

  25. jen&john&maddy

    September 23, 2008

  26. april

    September 23, 2008

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

  27. Anonymous

    September 23, 2008

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

  28. Chloe

    September 24, 2008

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

  29. alex in wonderL.A.nd

    September 24, 2008

    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.

  30. Vibhu

    September 24, 2008

    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!!!

  31. Vibhu

    September 24, 2008

    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!

  32. Kimberlee

    September 24, 2008

    oh yes – i LOVE these!!! x

  33. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008

    Clearly Hippo

  34. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008

    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.

  35. liz

    September 24, 2008

    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.

  36. Rachel

    September 24, 2008

    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?)

  37. Greeneyes

    September 24, 2008

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

  38. liz s

    September 24, 2008

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

  39. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008

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

  40. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008

    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)

  41. Caroline

    September 25, 2008

    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. 🙂

  42. Madhavi

    September 25, 2008

    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.

  43. Anonymous

    September 25, 2008

    as bizarre as they are ugly

  44. Anonymous

    September 25, 2008

    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.

  45. Anonymous

    September 26, 2008

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

  46. Honeyspy

    September 26, 2008


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

  47. alex in wonderL.A.nd

    September 26, 2008

    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?

  48. Kelly

    December 7, 2008

    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.

  49. Anonymous

    December 27, 2008

    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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