"MOLOCH" KNOWLEDGE armchair.

by LAS ÁNIMAS Spain

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Estimated production time: 8 weeks

Dimension LxWxH (cm): 82x93x74
Limited Editions Material : Ashwood, Brass
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Praised to be the king of gods by ancient Phoenician and Carthaginian civilizations – which spread over the Mediterranean sea from the 8th to 2nd centuries BC – Moloch Ba’al was considered the symbol of purifying fire, fertility, and ambivalent power of light (soul) and darkness (flesh).
From the dawn of time the spirit turned into obscurity with its transformation into matter.
Moloch is usually portrayed as a human character with bull head, sitting in its throne.
TOTEMIC, SOLEMN, AUSTERE, DARK, AND CRYPTIC.
Massive silhouettes of apparent roughness and simplicity contrast with finely handcrafted wooden surfaces of accurate ergonomic angles and CNC milled brass fittings. The seat, a massive solid wood slab, seems to float over the floor, cantilevered under the armrests, which move forward from the rear legs/columns. A lower balustrade distributes the load, giving the whole structure its architectural essence. The distribution of forces, angles, and counterbalances at the joint between the base and the back rest make the main body of the armchair seem to levitate above the ground.
Each piece is numbered out of a 8 units, limited edition.

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Weight 90 kg
Dimensions 110 × 120 × 110 cm
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About the designer


LAS ÁNIMAS

LAS ÁNIMAS is a creative studio based in Seville (Spain). Their work includes symbolic, tribal and esoteric elements, and arises from the expressive need of sharing an aesthetic universe; a dreamlike parallel world full of visions; of architectural references, both historical, fictional and coming from images underlying popular culture; hardwired to the unconscious and collective memory. Using a language of geometric and iterative patterns, they experiment with materials, shapes and textures, to develop an iconography of retro-futuristic, transgressive, ceremonial and deeply evocative aesthetics. As a result of this altered field of view where sumptuousness and magic gather, high sensory impact pieces of ceremonial character emerge. Their creative universe encompasses references as distant as Science Fiction, tribal cultures, distortion of reality, cybernetics, duality, experimental electronic music or architectural brutalism; an imaginary that links with the elements of their personal environment, readapted and projected from their very own insight. Their creative body includes pieces of furniture in limited editions, sculptures, interventions and unique objects; everything designed and created by themselves; a symbolic universe full of emotions that lead to a spiritual mood lost in time. Works conceived as totems that challenge functionality and form: latches that open secret trapdoors to higher states of consciousness, connected with mythology, ancient ceremonies, imaginary rites, sacred symbols and spirituality. Along this process, the conception, creation and evolution of each work resembles a ritual of exploration, of alchemy, of experimentation at their studio / laboratory with materials and forms until the pieces finally emerge. Their personal concerns join the influx of Seville, Andalusia and Spain; Its culture, art, folklore, technical processes and artistic tradition are present, mixed, assembled, fused in one way or another in each one of their pieces.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.