Massive, lifelike seating furniture in the shape of land and sea creatures may not be your cup of tea—and it certainly needs to live in the just the right setting for it to make sense. It does, however, make a compelling case for how new technologies are changing the way furniture, in particular, is designed and built, opening up entirely new realms for experimentation and exploration.
We first spied the work of Spanish artist Máximo Riera at the most recent Greystone show house, in a room by L’Esperance Desgn intended to evoke the tycoon William Randolph Hearst. There, the space featured a chair in the shape of an octopus, with tentacles streaming behind. Intrigued, we wanted to know more about the designs and how they were conceived.
They are, it turns out, the result of art and science, as so many innovative designs are these days. Under his supervision, Riera’s sketches were first turned into 3-D digital images. From there, using Computer Numerical Control, the designs were then fabricated from compressed foam blocks. The final products were then assembled and finished by hand, yielding amazingly lifelike pieces.