I discovered Vienna, Austria, based Helmut Palla only after he had discovered us via FaceBook. Then he revamped his site (could have done a better job imho). But when I discovered Tristan Cochrane‘s Fish Rocking Chair I also discovered that Saatchi Online also represents Helmut Palla (and are providing me with better photos to share with you than dear Helmut himself).
This Cha Cha Rocking chair is for sale there for $6,500.00.
I hope to visit him once in his studio when Vienna is my travel destination again (usually once or twice a year).
Scottish designer Tristan Cochrane is a remarkable artist. After he worked 10 years in the fishing industry in Scotland he went into furniture design.
After a short period studying cabinet making and furniture design at Bucks University near London he moved to Eindhoven, the Netherlands. For almost 3 years he worked for Studio Maarten Baas before settling in Barcelona in 2011 where he recently set up a studio with partner Paula Benvegnú, an art director from Argentina who has been working in advertising for 5 years before moving to Spain.
Sardines as material for a Chair?
From the second image it is clear that sardines stood model for the material. From them Tristan created wax molds that he used to cast aluminum sardines via the forlorn Wax Method.
The rocking chair is a one off piece sculpted by Tristan. It is fully functional and made entirely from cast sardines in aluminium.
It was produced in Eindhoven, NL, at Beeldenstorm foundry in 2011.
Dimensions: 110cm x 50cm x 65cm
Weight: 30 kg