maximo riera: octopus chair
maximo riera: octopus chair maximo riera: octopus chair
jan 13, 2011

maximo riera: octopus chair

‘octopus chair’ by maximo riera images courtesy of maximo riera



spanish artist maximo riera has designed ‘octopus chair’, a limited edition piece that is part of a larger collection entitled ‘animal chairs’.  the series consists of more than fifteen different works where the marriage between furniture and animal is the main component.


choosing the chair based on its banality in our everyday lives, the series looks to bring life to the basic function of the object, making it more present while creating a stronger connection between the spectator, the chair and its environment.













requiring a team of over thirty professionals and four different companies, the chair was produced using a CNC milling machine. mechanized sculpting tools then produced a series of forms cut from foam blocks. each part was assembled, glued, sanded and painted by hand to create an object that transmits a dynamic sense of movement.



(left) view from the underside as each part is attached, sanded and finished (right) the body of the octopus acts as a backrest



the octopus body section during an intricate painting process



tentacle base section crafted from compressed foam

  • sooooo ugly, my god!

    EA Berlin says:
  • I find the project really interesting,
    of course from an artistic point of view.
    This is not a chair, rather a sculpture.

    luisa says:
  • Absolutely Fantastic Work!!

    SM - London says:

    jose says:
  • why consumption, where is normality?

    je says:
  • best chair ever!

    vepro knedlo zelo says:
  • So so ugly. And since when was an octopus a mammal?

    mook says:
  • from a movie szene, aight!?

    car says:
  • Such an incredible piece of design/sculpture.
    it’s so over-the top! beautiful and fluid which is perfectly tied to the octopus and all those arms to grab at things

    julialuna says:
  • i think this is the ugliest thing i’ve ever seen, but quit interesting, little “grotesque” but nice…… a year ago i could re-name your work as ” in memory of octopus paul” greetings!!

    designaholic says:
  • want so bad.

    sc says:
  • throne of cthulhu

    dantpearce says:
  • i want it so badly, its absolutely amazing!! like its a little tacky but i think thats what makes me love it so much!

    kjakhsfgf says:
  • …I actually really want this chair.
    It seems so original.

    FrauFrau says:
  • This chair will drive you mad and make you worship the elder gods.

    XIII says:
  • Ugliest thing ever.

    Ems says:
  • I can’t believe people are calling this ugly. Not only is this beautiful, it’s fucking bad ass.

    alex says:
  • OMG they killed Cthulhu! 🙁 LOL In all seriousness, this is an amazing work of art and wimsey.

    Merrie says:
  • Absolutely HAVE to say , this is gorgeous !!!! soooooo pretty! good job!!! Incredibly poetic and artistic!
    oh the ones who say it’s ugly, they are just jealous, because they can never make such a beauty! 😀

    Vanine says:
  • Omfg so awsome!!!

    Gal il says:
  • I love this f‱cking love this chair. It ‘s crazy and inspired, seems straight from the mind of the late Alexander McQ but best of all – it gets under the skin of all the design snobs, who think that every chair has to look a particular way, IE designed in the modernist style. This is art . This is design. This is cool!

    Octopussy says:
  • I am, like, soooooo needing this chair.
    I was, like, waiting for someone to come up with it.
    Like, not.

    rcvs1 says:
  • to literal for my taste – looks like a prop from “pirates of the caribbean 5”, the craftsmanship is quite incredible though

    intelligent design says:
  • This is quite beautiful, but in my opinion, attaching a chair to what would have been a truly wonderful stand-alone octopus sculpture cheapens the whole piece, by introducing a nonsensical element, as well as a commercial one. It is particularly bad because it’s really just a chair and a sculpture glued to each other back-to-back – rather than integrating an octopus motif into the chair itself. Ah well though, that’s the best part of art, everyone will have a different opinion on it.

    Nathan says:
  • Chtulhu is back.. tks!

    anso says:
  • wisht the seat of the chait was more like the back-it doesn’t seem true to form.

    joolz says:
  • i want it, soon, Mexico city. White please.
    [email protected]

    Lorena Patiño Alba says:
  • love this

    boo says:
  • achei super foda, alĂ©m de feiosĂŁo. mas, contudo, antes feio e foda, do q comum e banal. redundante, claro.

    Flavius says:
  • Dekadent.

    Gaston says:
  • Remarkable and sublime, the chairs are a modern wunderkammer They are works of art meant, I think, for us to contemplate humanity’s relationship with animals and that we’re inseparable from them. I think the chairs, especially this one, are a way of saying that when we subjugate the natural world, the result can be grotesque. Like all good art, they is disturbing AND beautiful. That they are pieces of furniture for rich people to buy is part of the statement, because all artists require patrons. It’s the wealthy who have the means to affect change if they get their asses off their chairs. That’s the message in the work.

    dezinefreak says:

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