Chair designs are a dime-a-dozen, ranging from the modern and minimal, to the classic and ornate (just take a look at 500 Chairs for a small sample), so when I ran across these absolutely bizarre creations from Spanish artist Máximo Riera, my jaw hit the floor. He’s been combining classic chair design with the busts (or tails) of large animals – from a beastly rhino to a slippery octopus. People often compare chair design to sculpture – but in this case the parallel is impossible to miss!
Riera’s animals (or half of them), emerge from the back of the seat, providing both a base and back for the padded leather cushion. Care to be wrapped in elephant, or cushioned by walrus? Riera’s intention was to pay homage to the natural beauty of these animals, but it could also be every “great white hunter’s” dream. Making the chairs even more striking, Riera renders them in stark black, perfectly matching the satin of the seat to the skin of the accurately sculpted animal. It’s a pop art adventure in your living room. See more of the multi-talented Máximo Riera’s work, from painting to poetry, at maximoriera.com.