The project, which started almost three years ago, is one of 15 from the collection with its own book. Using CNC machining methods, the Octopus is made from compressed foam and has an internal metal structure, making it possible to use as a chair. Offered in black only, the chair has been finished to a high standard, using Italian leather on the seat and includes great detailing on the octopus to ensure a real-life resemblance.
Born in Asturias, Northern Spain, Riera has been a practicing artist for over 30 years, gathering inspiration during his travels and experiences through Europe and the Caribbean Islands. Despite his artistic career taking a secondary role to his professional life in the medical industry, Maximo has continuously organised exhibitions and events to display his work, with all proceeds going to charity. The artist has now retired to his studio in Cadiz, where he focuses on projects such as the Animal Chair collection. “The collection constitutes a diverse range of species, from mammals to reptiles and even includes insects,” explains Riera. “Each creation retains the animal’s natural vitality, whilst being totally biologically accurate in their appearance.”
With only 20 ever made, the limited edition Octopus is priced at around euro 41,820, and the next project is well on the way to being completed. “At the moment, we are working on the next piece (Rhino), which I hope to have completed by June,” says Riera.
Maximo Riera - website
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