It is as if Wilkinson & Rivera chairs are suspended in water, as if liquid is distorting what we see. The jiggling, vibrating chairs by artist duo, husband Grant Wilkinson and wife Terasa Rivera, very glibly deceive the eye. The duo loves to add avant garde, unconventional touches to traditional arts and crafts. This modern element gives the otherwise static, non-living chairs a distinct personality and character.
One piece in particular perplexed netizens – the quivering chair was called Windsor with Arms. The piece looked like an optical illusion, a chair whose legs and arms were in constnt motion. With the growing popularity of Windsor, numerous perspectives arose. To some the chair looked like a sentient chair, to others it looked like cartoon furniture. Even though there is no right or wrong when it comes to interpretation of art and design process, the one Wilkinson and Rivera concurred was that the chair looked like it was suspended in water. The couple admits that this was the very motivation – the heaviness and rigidity of Windsor lost in water, becoming light and flowing.
Just like the duo wanted to deconstruct the perceived rigidity and limitations of the chair, so does it like to break down the perception of hardwood. The apparent limitations of the material makes the very idea of fluid lines revolutionary.
Let us look at some pictures to understand the true character these chairs present.
The hands and legs of the chair look like wavy lines whereas the seat is shaped like a cloud.
All chairs by Wilkinson-Rivera are handmade in East London.
Those from the UK who want to purchase these chairs can buy them directly from the duo’s website.
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