Take a seat on the wild side

Spanish artist Maximo Riera takes inspiration from the animal kingdom and combines it with his artistic talent.

January 24, 2016

Spanish artist, Maximo Riera, was in Dubai recently to exhibit his animal chair collection. 

We spoke to him to find out more about these incredible seats. 

Animals as chairs – where did you get this idea?

I have tried to combine both of my biggest joys: nature and art. Nature has been a constant in my life. I need to be surrounded by wildlife, which is the reason why I have always lived somewhere near the sea. This series is an homage to the animal kingdom as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing.  

What is your aim with these pieces? 

My intention is to bring the animal kingdom to the urban world, to create awareness in something we are all losing empathy with. This collection gives us an option of admiring what nature is capable of. Personally, what I like the most about the chairs is their realism and theatrical appearance. The chairs almost come to life when you see them in person. 

Can you sit in these chairs? 

Yes, they can be used as a seat but the sculptural character of the composition is more relevant. You have to keep in mind that some of these pieces are over two and half metres high. I wanted to be faithful to the animal’s physique. 

How important was it that the chairs are comfortable? 

That depends. I consider my creations pieces of art. Functionality in this case, would represent a limitation during the creative process. 

Why did you pick these animals?  

I normally focus on endangered species for my creations.  I want to point out their uniqueness and how special these animals are. I hope we all realise this before is too late. 

Go to maximoriera.com