BRINGING MATTER TO LIFE....
From the beginning, the artist was open to using cutting edge technology to achieve the highest quality execution of his designs. The first stage of the developing process involved turning the artist’s sketches into a three-dimensional digital image. This was done by computer modeling software with total supervision by the artist to ensure that the end result was an exact replica of his drawings. The sculptures were produced using CNC (computer numerical control); one of the most avantgarde sculptural techniques available at present. This artistic production required the technical assistance of JH May, an English, high-tech manufacturing company whose clients include Zaha Hadid architects and brands such as Nike, Ferrari and Chanel. The artist’s 3D sketches were fed into a computer; mechanized sculpting tools then precisely interpreted and reproduced the image to cut a precise replica of the original design from compressed foam blocks. The different parts were then assembled, glued, sanded and painted by hand. The process certainly allowed the artist to accomplish a superb level of detail an authentic texture. The pieces transmit a dynamic sense of movement which almost challenges gravity, and results in a unique object with a soul, character and vitality most often found in the classic sculptural canon. The chairs sit astride the line dividing a strict, mathematical world of versatile world of art. Each piece therefore becomes a powerful intersection of complex human design integrated with nature’s splendor.
"....The main reason I chose to create a chair is because it is an everyday object, something taken as common and banal in our lives. 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...."
PERPETUAL MASSIVE VOLUMES
This piece has been designed to be the first Chaise Longue of the collection. It perfectly resembles the animal’s figure from one side to the other. The Walrus was drafted to accommodate the seats upon its back, merging into the animal with a flawless compatibility. This fact gives uniqueness to the composition. The artist wanted to preserve the real elevation of the animal, making the person who sits on it, share the same perspective. One of the most challenging aspects in this work was the skin’s texture and consistency. The Walrus possesses a natural volume and magnitude, attributes that make him recognizable and distinct from any other species. Its thick skin wrinkles and rests along its surface; this was a key element to have in consideration to prevent an artificial result. To achieve the best possible outcome, the artist uses the most accurate graphic biological data. For that reason, The Walrus Chair is an outstanding piece which holds a vital spirit.
TAMING OF THE FURY
Because of its superlative size and presence, The Rhino Chair is considered more like a throne than a regular chair. Like its predecessor, it contains an inner frame along its body to support its weight and reinforce its balance. There is not a better animal than the Rhino to reflect nature’s capacity and mightiness. From an early stage when this chair was just a mere idea, the artist was aware that the strongpoint of the piece was maintaining, as far as possible, its proportions. Considering that not many people have had the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of these animals standing in front of them, Máximo wants to bring them closer to us, the spectators, creating a virtual interaction. The Rhino chair is built on a superior scale to generate an authoritative force with respect to its surroundings, a quality present on the animal itself. The Rhino Chair is a truly breath-taking piece.
THE PERPETUAL EXISTENCE
The Elephant is the largest land mammal, known for its memory, intelligence and wisdom. This particular piece is produced using morphometric data to resemble the Asian Elephant species having physical characteristic from this particular type. In India, the head of the elephant is used to represent the supreme deity Ganesha who is popularly worshipped as a remover of obstacles. The Artist wanted to highlight the ties of the Indian culture using carving in the chair section and the pattern has been duplicated from old Indian furniture and reproduced according to the style using an advanced software we have managed to achieve the wood grain texture along the surface of the seat as well as the distinctive asymmetrical surfaces typical in hand crafted wood items. In the animal part the texture and wrinkles are accurate to the animal’s physiognomy. This piece welcomes the elephant to invade the human’s habitat as opposed to what has been happening through history. We trust that The Elephant Chair will make a statement reminding us all how unique and fascinating this animal is.
THE AQUATIC MAJESTY
This piece takes us to the depths of the oceans, where this beautiful marine mammal reigns supreme. This tribute to the Blue Whale, the world’s largest animal, has deep meaning and relevance for the artist, due to his bond with the sea. This iconic image is highly recognisable as a symbol of amity between the Animal Kingdom and human beings. It also makes a firm statement on survival and overcoming adversities. The Whale Chair, was designed to be a centre piece. Its size and dimension makes it ideal for open spaces and wide areas. The whale fin, which is completely unfolded, has an asymmetry between both sides. The top section leans backwards and concedes a dynamic perspective to the rhythm of the composition. As an endangered species this type of cetacean recalls the significance of responsible and sustainable fishing to halt the continual decline on the earth’s marine life population.