I try to keep the place grown-up and understated. I really do, but the temptation to buy something totally Googie and over-the-top is ever-present for us Mid-Century Modern collectors.
Meet my Naugas.
They've yet to be named, but have certainly made themselves at home.
The Nauga was designed for Uniroyal in 1966 by one Kurt Weihs as a giveaway to promote their line of Naugahyde imitation leather. People took to the adorable little monsters and they soon appeared in everything from print advertisements to television talk shows. The Uniroyal marketing department even spun together quite a detailed a back-story for these little creatures, which you will find here.
Don't fret. Naugas shed their hides naturally, so none were harmed in the production of your vintage sofa.
While Naugahyde has fallen out of favor due to the import of cheaper foreign alternatives, the Nauga remains a popular collectors item.
The genuine article even comes with a certificate of birth and numbered tag, so you know the exact day that your toothy friend came into this world.
Cool? Creepy? Have I gone too far?
What say you, dear readers?
They're certainly growing on me.