This morning Dezeen posted images of two new Hella Jongerius tables that will go on display next week at Galerie Kreo, in Paris. Now, I’m a great admirer of Jongerius’s textiles, furniture design, ceramics, and overall fondness for factory-floor experimentation. But the hulking toad straddling the corner of the (appropriately-titled) Frog Table—a limited-edition piece in walnut and transparent blue enamel—strikes me as intensely ugly and even borderline frightening.
Help me out, readers: Is this whimsy gone horribly wrong, or a kind of awesome piece of intentional grotesquerie? Your comments, please.