Martín Azúa | Silla Marioneta

Curated by Constance Rubini

Silla Marioneta – or ‘Puppet Chair’ in English – is designed by the Barcelona-based Martín Azúa, and comprises simply a piece of Hallingdal cloth held in four points and suspended in the air.

Minimal and magical, the chair seems to float and moves just like a puppet. ‘We often forget that the beauty of objects can be solved with basic resources,’ says Martín Azúa. In this case the Hallingdal textile is directly the chair.

We made a small model in the studio and hung it 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's product-philosophy in which the material, quality of fabric and colors are the stars, without artifice or ornament.’ Sitting on the chair imparts a feeling of weightlessness.

Basque-born Martín Azúa lives and works in Barcelona. He studied Fine Arts, specialising in Design, at the University of Barcelona. In addition, he also has a postgraduate degree in Architecture and Ephemeral Installations from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and an MA in Social Communication from Pompeu Fabra University.

Currently, he works as a designer, undertakes experimental projects and teaches at the Elisava Design School.