|Project by NíccoloJosé||posted 11-01-2011 05:36 AM||3101 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
Elephant in the Room
68’’ x 50’’ x 38’‘
Philippine Mahogany, Tamarind, Kamagong, Dungon, Molave, Guijo, Tiger Molave, Yakal, Mangkono
I got a lot of good feedbacks from my first giant chair and furniture (Think Big, 2010). I didn’t want to sell that original giant chair because it was my 24th birthday gift to myself and its a personal symbol to having big dreams.
I really wanted to make another large chair for a long time now. This chair took months to make. I worked on it with my 2 regular assistants living with me now and it was something we worked on a few hours a day while working on multiple projects.
I worked around the idea of “Elephant in the Room” because back in college, while studying studio art, I always had this reputation of making controversial, unforgettable or mysterious. During critique days, where in we exhibit and talk about our latest pieces, my art pieces always disrupted the attention of others even if we are still talking about someone else’s piece… My professor called me the guy who makes “elephant in the room” pieces.
For this giant chair project, I drew an elephant on the ground, simplified the lines as much as possible and told myself that the side view shape of the chair should look like a baby elephant. Unlike the original giant chair, I focused on ergonomics this time around following the success of my Lover’s Lounger (2010).
Everything is lamination of small pieces of wood… It sits 10x better than the original. You can slide in and out easily and it is strong enough have up to 8 people stand on it. The chair is going to be an attraction in a boutique hotel near my workshop.
Hopefully I can have all-out giant chair exhibit with various chairs spinning on large lazy-susans’ in the future.
*On the 6th photo, I’m the guy with glasses sitting on the arm rest of the chair. I turned 25yrs old about 2 weeks ago and I’ll be posting my bday before xmas since its not yet ready. No, its not going to be another big chair.
-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist, www.niccolojose.com