While Halloween inspires no shortage of seasonal decorating, there are plenty of morbid souls who embrace the Addams family values all year long. Some people simply feel most comfortable living in the shadows of dark finishes and twisted silhouettes.
With that in mind, we’ve assembled a roomful of modern haunted house furnishings ready to keep the eerie spirit alive long past October 31. Alone, none of these Gothic designs might be spine-tingling enough to scare off the neighbours. But put them together in the right setting (ideally, an old house perched on a cliff by the sea) and don’t be surprised if delivery people start leaving your packages at the end of the road.
Attaching opaque glass shades to blackened steel stems, Alessandro Munge’s eight-legged remix of Gabriel Scott’s original Welles lamp is the creepy crawler of light fixtures. Each of the spidery statement pieces is handmade in Montreal.
The Gaulino collection by Oscar Tusquets recently grew to include a new range of glass-topped tables and stools. Their spindly, skeletal frames resemble a witch’s long, bony fingers. (Cue up the Elphaba!)
Turn any dinner party into a monster mash by seating guests at Transylvanian wood carver Vasilica Isăcescu’s playful thrones. Designed in collaboration with Nadja Zerunian of co/rizom, the collection includes seven characters — each one named after a different member of the Addams family.
Why fill your front yard with a four-metre-tall animatronic character when you can invest in this mummy-like lawn chair instead? Jangir Maddadi’s elegant design features a composition of sinuous aluminum bands that recall stray strips of fabric blowing in the wind.
Davide Groppi’s see-through table lamp takes after Casper the friendly ghost, emitting a comforting yet ethereal glow. Using magnets to secure a clear acrylic disc to a similarly transparent stem, the portable lamp lasts for nine hours on a single charge.
If your evening drink of choice is a glass of something red (we’re looking at you, Dracula), consider Constance Guisset’s blood droplet-shaped side table the perfect late-night companion. Also suitable for outdoor use, the glazed stoneware design does double duty as a seat.
There’s a surrealist bent to Nendo’s latest for Glas Italia, which embeds a tilted black oak box within an acid-etched glass frame — almost as though the spirit of one shelving unit is possessing the body of another. Given how handsome the end result is, we’d say there’s no need to call a furniture exorcist.
What do you get when you cross Mickey Mouse’s ears with Austrian manufacturer Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s history of bentwood manufacturing? India Mahdavi’s fabulous Frankenstein of a design experiment. After all, every modern haunted house needs at least one surprise pop of bold colour.
In this house, we embrace jet black — with the occasional blood red accent piece.