We bought a zoo? The lifelike chairs we can't quite believe

Animal attraction

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Image: Máximo Riera

You won't find these at Ikea

Completely bizarre yet strangely appealing, the Animal Chair Collection by Spanish artist Máximo Riera makes your Eames Eiffel set look suddenly very standard. Featuring a hippo, rhino, elephant, octopus, whale, beetle and (most disturbingly) a toad, the range is larger than life (or in some cases, actual size) and amazingly lifelike, from the wrinkled folds of skin on the Elephant's trunk to the fluid tentacles of the octopus.

Designed as an ode to living creatures great and small, the collection is painstakingly crafted out of high density polyurethane using 3D modelling software and cutting edge engineering techniques. Each piece can take up to eleven weeks - that's close to 480 hours' worth of work - to produce so they're strictly made to order - and no, they don't come cheap.

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"This collection gives us an option of admiring what nature is capable of; this is the main reason why from the beginning I wanted to be faithful to the animal's physique... as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing," Riera told designboom. Always wanted a pet rhinoceros? The artist takes orders at

We bought a zoo? The lifelike chairs we can't quite believe (фото 1)

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