Friday, January 20, 2012

The Animal Chair

The Octopus Chair. Ancient marine life sculpted by modernity.
As soon as I saw this chair, I fell in love with it. The concept behind this modern chair is absolutely incredible. The design, the fabric and materials used, the attention to details make it look alive. It is an elegant and majestic sculptural piece of furniture, one that remains true to the animal’s every detail.
The creator of this beautiful piece is Máximo Riera, a practicing spanish artist for over thirty years.

The Octopus Chair is part of The Animal Chair Collection, that constitutes a diverse range of species, from mammals to reptiles, and even including insects. Each creation retains the animal’s natural vitality whilst being totally biological accurate in their appearance. This collection is homage to these animals and the whole animal kingdom which inhabits our planet, as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing.

Over thirty professionals worked on this project, using a CNC milling machine, an internal frame, three-dimensional computer modeling, and expert craftsmanship in order to produce the chair.

The Octopus Chair is the first piece of the Animal Chair collection, and it establishes a base and point of departure for the pieces to come. 2 more pieces are alive: the Walrus Chair and the Rhino Chair which can be seen below, and the Lion Chair, the Beetle Chair and the Whale Chair are in progress. 

The Rhino Chair

The Walrus Chair

“Whilst considering the chair’s basic functionality, I also wanted to bring it alive, make it more present and create a stronger link between the spectator, the piece and the surrounding space,” says the artist.

The artist presented his animal chair collection at 100% design london as part of london design week 2011.

To read more about the artist and his work, please visit his website

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