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Areaware x Aelfie Collaborate on Zany Creature Comforts

You can never have too many throw pillows, especially ones featuring bizarre little beasties.

by Sean Zucker
January 19, 2022
Areaware pillow on a light gray background
Courtesy of Areaware

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Dogs and cats may not be the best audience for appreciating art, but they sure can inspire solid work. Far from critics, they’re generally more concerned with relaxing on their bed (or your bed). So, it stands to reason that a pillow would be the perfect canvas for pieces inspired by our pets who sleep 16 hours a day — after all, art imitates life.

As they say, Aelfie Oudghiri understood the assignment. The Los Angeles-based artist and founder of his namesake home goods brand, Aelfie, designed pillows inspired by the animals we love who love to sleep. Colorfully embroidered with a 100% organic cotton case, each throw presents a unique personality that’s hard not to smile at. 

Aelfie Pillow (dog)
Courtesy of Areaware
Aelfie Pillow (cat)

The designs themselves look as if an Adult Swim illustrator went to fashion school and became obsessed with comfort. With their vibrant colors, jarring proportions, and delightful goofiness, these pillows are sure to catch the eye of any guest — pet parent or not. They are statement pieces that state: My pet’s favorite activities include being adorable and taking naps, and I support their passions. 

The pieces come in five animal styles, each inspired by a different species. There’s the cat option, displaying a plushy depiction of the popular pet’s trademark cuteness through disinterest; a dog pillow representing its own internal battle between aloofness and longing for attention; and cheetah, panther, and frog offerings whose looks fall somewhere between Jim Henson and Tim Burton. All five iterations of Aelfie Pillows can be purchased at Areaware for $65 each. But, of course, you can’t put a price tag on a smile (or impressing guests). 

Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker is a writer whose work has been featured in Points In Case, The Daily Drunk, Posty, and WellWell. He has an adopted Pit Bull named Banshee whose work has been featured on the kitchen floor and has behavioral issues rival his own.