maximo riera: elephant chair maximo riera: elephant chair
may 02, 2012

maximo riera: elephant chair

‘elephant chair’ by maximo riera



spanish designer maximo riera has continued this ‘animal chair collection’ with ‘the elephant chair’ as an homage to the largest animal walking the earth, known for memory, intelligence and wisdom. the sculptural furniture object is a representation of the supreme deity ganesha through the head of the mammal, who is popularly worshipped in india as a remover of obstacles. further integrating the indian culture, the carvings and patters found on traditional furniture are reproduced according to the original hand-made pieces. the distinctive asymmetrical surface is translated into morph metric data using advanced software.


the overall structure is carved from compressed foam with an internal steel frame. the final object is enveloped in fine leather, allowing all the detail to be refined. although not as heavy as an actual elephant, the chair weighs 160 kg or 353 lbs. the throne, simultaneously furniture and sculpture, welcomes the animal into the human environment, an opposing statement to what has been happening for centuries in the wild.


see designboom’s previous coverage on the ‘animal chair collection‘.



view of seat length: 297 cm (117 inches) width: 167 cm (66 inches) height: 230 cm (90 inches) 



the back of the chair is a detailed sculpture of an elephant 




  • Oh god, this design is very impressive.

    Niti says:
  • tasteless

    max says:
  • why?

    lil says:
  • i think of the series thus far, the octopus and the elephant are my picks.

    desiree says:
  • The more I look at it, the more I appreciate it as artwork… that you can sit on.

    Intrigued says:
  • is it nice to sit on highly endangered animal species chairs? your work is great! but would be greater with some backlinks to their problems. it’s a nice project to get people to think about the handling with animals generally, coz at this point there is definitely something rotten in the world!

    bene says:
  • ¿que es esto? ¿un trono para el rey de España?

    javier says:
  • !!??????

    peter dudas says:
  • sit in a work of art means to touch the wildlife. Reflect on the fact that the animal feels when, for example, hand touches his skin ….

    Anna says:
  • and also should not forget that we are part of the wildlife that lives in us …. and the greatness of the animal world is present in us is not limited … when we realize it is not even

    Anna says:
  • I don\’t like to be negative… I\’m really disgusted in both the shallowness of the work and the waste of material. 160Kgs?! Tasteless rubbish that trivializes the plight of such an amazing animal, congratulations to the artist, you\’ve just devalued the artistic and design world.

    Yurimeister says:
  • this look so good

    JORDAN says:

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