ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (boutique hotel project)

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Project by NíccoloJosé posted 11-01-2011 05:36 AM 3700 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Elephant in the Room
68’’ x 50’’ x 38’‘
Philippine Mahogany, Tamarind, Kamagong, Dungon, Molave, Guijo, Tiger Molave, Yakal, Mangkono

I got a lot of good feedbacks from my first giant chair and furniture (Think Big, 2010). I didn’t want to sell that original giant chair because it was my 24th birthday gift to myself and its a personal symbol to having big dreams.

I really wanted to make another large chair for a long time now. This chair took months to make. I worked on it with my 2 regular assistants living with me now and it was something we worked on a few hours a day while working on multiple projects.

I worked around the idea of “Elephant in the Room” because back in college, while studying studio art, I always had this reputation of making controversial, unforgettable or mysterious. During critique days, where in we exhibit and talk about our latest pieces, my art pieces always disrupted the attention of others even if we are still talking about someone else’s piece… My professor called me the guy who makes “elephant in the room” pieces.

For this giant chair project, I drew an elephant on the ground, simplified the lines as much as possible and told myself that the side view shape of the chair should look like a baby elephant. Unlike the original giant chair, I focused on ergonomics this time around following the success of my Lover’s Lounger (2010).

Everything is lamination of small pieces of wood… It sits 10x better than the original. You can slide in and out easily and it is strong enough have up to 8 people stand on it. The chair is going to be an attraction in a boutique hotel near my workshop.

Hopefully I can have all-out giant chair exhibit with various chairs spinning on large lazy-susans’ in the future.

*On the 6th photo, I’m the guy with glasses sitting on the arm rest of the chair. I turned 25yrs old about 2 weeks ago and I’ll be posting my bday before xmas since its not yet ready. No, its not going to be another big chair.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#1 posted 11-01-2011 05:45 AM

Wicked awesome!! I want to visit that hotel just to sit in the chair!!!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#2 posted 11-01-2011 05:50 AM

Fantastic execution!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 05:52 AM

Nico. this is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE all of your pieces, wish I could come see them in person.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 11-01-2011 07:00 AM

Hey that is soooooo cool.
well done.

-- Theresa,

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-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 11-01-2011 07:51 AM

I like it!! I have been thinking about making a giant chair for our front yard, but probably won’t ever do it. Glad to see you did ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-01-2011 09:00 AM

Another amazing thing Nico.
I’m sure if you were in Australia they would have add it to the big things list :)

-- Dave -

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#8 posted 11-01-2011 02:22 PM

Very cool! How much does that weigh and how are you able to transport it?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 11-01-2011 02:29 PM

Awesome, Nico! And look at all of the beautiful ladies it attracts ;-)

-- “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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#10 posted 11-01-2011 04:25 PM

nice work

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#11 posted 11-01-2011 10:34 PM

Wow, that’s an awesome chair! Keep thinking big!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 11-02-2011 03:24 AM

Incredible idea and beautiful! Well done!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 11-02-2011 05:12 PM

@Eric_S: Its around 350lbs. My dad and I used a light duty ISUZU Elf truck to transport it.

@jetnum: I learned that most of the time, women are the ones that choose the furniture pieces of a house. Its no surprise to see that when it was displayed in a mall, women were more excited to sit on it than men.

Thanks to everyone that commented. I appreciate it and I hope you guys could visit the Philippines in the future.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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