Martín Azúa

Puppet Chair

Martín Azúa

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Work: The Puppet Chair is designed by the principle ‘Extra Simple Object’; objects that offer a lifestyle in which to understand and make an object, is important. A piece of cloth held in four points transforms into a simple and magical chair, which floats and moves like a puppet. We often forget that the beauty of objects can be solved with basic resources. In this case the Hallingdal textile is directly the chair. Objects are usually designed to be used, but sometimes the objects they take control of us. We made a small model in the study and hung near the window. The wind was moving the fabric and the chair seemed to be alive. I think this project is very close to Kvadrat product-philosophy in which the material, quality of fabric and colors are the stars, without artifice or ornaments. When you sit on it you have an experience of feeling the weightlessness. The chair comes in a simple pack easy to assemble.
Image: Design Martín Azúa Photographies Martín Azúa, video Press Rec Special thanks to Sergi Vich.
Photographer: Martín Azúa, Sergi Vich
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source: martinazua

Born in the Basque Country and now Martín Azúa lives in Barcelona where he combines his work as a designer with his teaching work at the Elisava Design School. Martín studied Fine Arts, specializing in Design at the University of Barcelona. He also has a postgraduate degree in Architecture and Ephemeral Installations from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and an MA in Social Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University.

Currently Martín works as a designer for different companies, as well as carrying out his experimental and investigative work which has been exhibited in individual and collective exhibitions in Barcelona, Milan, London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, New York, Tokyo o Peking, amongst others.

He has work in the collections of MoMA in New York, Vitra Design Museum in Berlin, The Museum of Decorative Arts in Barcelona and The La Panera Centre of Art in Llieda. His projects have been published in various important international magazines.

Awards include: The City of Barcelona Award 2000, Delta de Plata Award 2007, FAD Award for Ephemeral Architecture 2008, Design Plus Award 2009, Interior Design Plus Award 2009, AD Designer of the Year Award 2010, Delta de Plata Award 2011.

Philosophy
Global communication for a local life
In the scope of ideas there is no boundaries between disciplines, information moves in a shared stratosphere where neither hierarchies nor limits exist. Production is local and dedicated to the environment and social development.

Design Nature
Using natural processes as a strategy for design. In nature nothing is free, the forms found within it are always a result of an economy of material and energy bringing way to the final result. The natural processes of life are in interrelation with a common cycle.
Martín Azúa continues to work on the research, which he started in 1999, with the project Natural Finish, when he placed jars made of porous ceramics in river beds, which allowed him to collect a natural stain. These objects were included in the exhibition Open Borders, commissioned by Droog Design. Also, in 2003, within the framework of his exhibition Neorrural, he presented a series of objects, including the Nest House, hunting shadows and biocolonizable textures. During the workshop Adobe Plus, which took place at the Ceu San Pablo in Valencia, various materials for construction, with the purpose of being inhabited by small animals, were conceptualized. In 2006, the exhibition Flod deliberated about nature’s strategies to grow and establish itself. With his installation the forest’s memory in IKEA products he visualized the natural origin of everything that surrounds us. In 2007, for the first time, he recreated a technological grotto at the SED pavilion of the Expo Zaragoza. In 2008 he received the FAD award in transient architecture for his installation Species in evolution, a project for the company Roca, presenting the design of a grotto-like bathroom, where technology collides with nature. With “The inner life” he claims an integration of natural processes in everyday life, life inside objects.
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source: pogledajto

Dizajner Martín Azúa osmislio je za posebnu stolicu, vođen principom jednostavnosti, za jednu tvrtku tekstila. Marioneta se sastoji od komada tkanine koji pričvršćen na četiri prstena visi na drvenom držaču, kao i izvorni kazališni rekvizit. Dok je dizajnirao stolicu razmišljao je o uporabljivosti i ljepoti predmeta, koja najčešće leži u njihovoj jednostavnosti. Tako je komad tkanine postao stolica u kojoj imamo osjećaj da lebdimo, a ona preuzima kontrolu.