Shoemaker chair by Martín Azúa
The Shoemaker chair is Martín Azúa’s last project. Clearly inspired by a shoe, the chair is made out of leather and has laces.
The chair is made with a single piece of leather and it has eyelets in the back and on the sides. The laces are not purely decorative, they allow for the adjustment of the shape of the back and the armrests.
Objects are usually true to some schemes and they find their identity in some pre-established premises. This chair claims its personality as a shoe and requires the care of a shoe. Often objects, as people, have problems to be what they really are.
Martín Azúa is a Basque designer working in Barcelona since 1994. Graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, he combines his professional activity as object and space designer for important companies together with a more speculative work. He belongs to a category of designers who consider experimental methods as a fundamental part of the design process. Among his best known projects are the Casa Básica (Basic House), which since 2007 is part of the MOMA permanent collection in New York, the medals for the Swimming World Championship in Barcelona 2003, and design of the exhibition SED (Thirst) for the Expo Zaragoza 2008. The project “Species in evolution” for Roca was awarded with a FAD ephemeral architecture award in 2008.
He is particularly interested in the inclusion of natural processes in daily life and the use of handcrafted resources in order to preserve cultural and technological diversity.
Images courtesy of Martín Azúa