Pelusilla (Merino Chair) is a previously unknown chair-species that can live both indoor and outdoor. Its skeleton, made of a light foldable aluminium structure, is combined with a synthetic-merino body. The Pelusilla speaks about the contrast between the pastoral picturesque and a technologized rural environment. It is a light and portable creature with a cosy look. The Pelusilla is a hybrid specimen that represents two mirroring trading routes. On the one hand, thousands of Australian merino-sheep travel overseas aided by sophisticated technologies for livestock transport. On the other hand, myriad synthetic components that reproduce sheep fur are imported to Australia.
Design by GRANDEZA (Amaia Sanchez-Velasco, Gonzalo Valiente and Jorge Valiente) they were initially commissioned by the New Landscapes Institute to be exhibited at ‘The Long Paddock’, an exhibition that took place in 2017 at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Soon, a flock of Pelusillas left the gallery to host a conversation between farmers, artists, aboriginal activists and designers that occurred at the riverside in Wagga Wagga’s countryside.
Now, three chairs left the flock to be exhibited as part of WORKSHOPPED 18, at the Australian Design Centre. WORKSHOPPED18 showcases the very best in new Australian design by emerging and established designers. A selection of 47 pieces, follow the work through concept, meaning, materiality, manufacture and resolution.The exhibition will have an industry preview night on Thursday 21 June, 6 – 8pm, followed by an official Launch on Friday 22 June, 6 – 8pm.