maximo riera: rhino chair
maximo riera: rhino chair
aug 23, 2011

maximo riera: rhino chair



created by spanish designer maximo riera, the ‘rhino chair’ is a continuation of his work which marries furniture with an animal as its main formal component. like its predecessor the ‘octopus chair‘, the ‘rhino chair’ is composed of an inner frame along its main body in order to support its weight and reinforce its stability and balance. this time around, riera has selected the rhino as his muse to reflect nature’s capacity and mightiness. at the beginning stages of the project, when the chair was just an idea, riera was aware that a main hurdle of designing the piece would be maintaining the proper proportions for the seating object. this sculptural ‘throne’ is built in a superior scale to generate an authoritative force respecting qualities present in the animal itself. 

maximo riera: rhino chair back view



maximo riera: rhino chair right profile



maximo riera: rhino chair front 3/4 view

  • Das ist ja so ein entwürdigendes “Design”. Wie kann man denn ein halb durchgehacktes wunderschönes (nebenbei auch stark gefärdetes) Nashorn im abgesäbelten Teil zum “Thron” machen. Das hat doch überhaupt gar nichts mit “natures Capacity” zu tun: das sieht eher nach abschlachten und unterwerfen aus: mit dem empfindlichen Maul muss das arme Tier diese Posse auch noch stützen. How can that be called design and how can you announce this on that fabolous homepage- I am very disapointed!

    Sigrun Musa
  • Would also work in a Starck hotel foyer

  • Das ist ja mal ein super Schmuckstück, vielleicht nicht in jede Wohnung aber für unseren Club wäre das ein Super Clubsessel !!!

  • …. having said that, the actual seating part could have been better; less trad, perhaps simpler, or going the other way – more weirdly animalistic? leathery?

    douglas montgomery
  • I actually love it.

    Very theatrical, expressive.

    My only fear is that some idiot somewhere will demand a real rhino head to create a similar chair.

    douglas montgomery
  • pure awesomeness

    ugur bum7
  • how did he design it??with ‘rhino’..??

  • I think this is perfectly timed to bring to attention the plight of the rhino. Preservation of this mighty beast can be addressed through discussion brought about by display of such a fine piece of art. [url=]ged math practice test[/url]

  • absolutely grotesque. an abomination.

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