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Chair - Garriris Chair

Garriris Chair

  • Object:

    Chair

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (designed)
    Spain (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1987 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mariscal, Javier, born 1950 (designer)
    Akaba S.A. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chromed square steel tube with aluminium, plywood seat and leather upholstery

  • Museum number:

    W.20-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Javier Mariscal is a Spanish designer and artist who studied graphics at the Escuela de Grafismo Elisava. After leaving education he worked as an illustrator on underground comics. In the late 1970's he invented a set of comic characters called ‘Los Garriris’. In the 1980's he began his career as a furniture designer and painter, but comic illustration still remained a key part of his work. In 1985 he started to turn the characters from ‘Los Garriris’ into objects. Of all his cartoon-like furniture, this chair most closely resembles Mickey Mouse, with the mouse ears on the back. The cartoon feet on the chair legs resemble also the feet of ‘Los Garriris’ character Julian the dog.

Physical description

Chair with chromed square tubular legs, aluminium polished 'Mickey Mouse' shoes, leather seat and back with 'Mouse' ears.

Place of Origin

Spain (designed)
Spain (manufactured)

Date

1987 (designed)

Artist/maker

Mariscal, Javier, born 1950 (designer)
Akaba S.A. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Chromed square steel tube with aluminium, plywood seat and leather upholstery

Dimensions

Height: 95 cm, Width: 45 cm, Depth: 62.5 cm

Object history note

In the late 1970s Javier Mariscal invented a set of comic characters called Los Garriris. In 1985 he started to turn the characters into objects. This chair was created for the newly founded Spanish furniture company Akaba S.A. Of all Mariscal's cartoon-like objects, this chair most closely resembles Mickey Mouse (with the chair back 'ears'). The cartoon feet on the chair legs resemble also the feet of Los Garriris character Julian the dog.

Descriptive line

Chair, square tubular steel legs, leather seat, 'Mickey Mouse' ears on the back and aluminium shoes, 'Garriris', by Javier Mariscal, Spain, 1987.

Materials

Tubular steel; Aluminium; Plywood; Leather

Techniques

Polishing

Subjects depicted

Mouse; Boots; Ears

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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