“I will not go again to a country that is even more surreal than my paintings”
- Salvador Dalí referring to his visit to México. 
 
The vibrant, unexpected nature of the Mexican character inspired five pieces of furniture reflecting iconic Mexican masks. Masks are familiarly used in Mexico to embrace the unexpected and often surreal beliefs and behaviour embedded in traditional culture and are characterised into iconic forms. 
    The elements of the mask, their fundamental concepts and what they stand for were extracted and analysed in order to transfer them into furniture. In doing this, I created masked furniture where the pieces become an exaggerated version of themselves. This collection challenges and then bridges perceptions of traditional extravagant Mexican cultures, with the contemporary reality of a modern, vibrant and powerful economy. 
 The Doubleface is the fight between good and evil. The first face seems normal, with its feet properly on the ground, and its drawers facing the right way. The second face on the other hand, is upside down with its feet sticking dangerously up in the air. And its upside down drawer? Who knows what you will get when you open it…
The Drunk Lady can’t stand straight because she’s too drunk, so instead she rocks from side to side to keep her balance. She is tall and makes you feel threatend by her drunken over-confidence. 
The drunk lady’s feet have been exaggerated to give her unstability, which makes you feel uncertain of what to expect when you interact with her. Her cabinet door handles are diffrent sizes and close together, which makes it seem like she’s trying to focus her drunken stare. The drawer handles are droopy to one side like a drooling mouth. Her paint job is also as drunk as she is, she couldn’t keep a straight line and seems to be showing too much skin.
The buffoon is the life of the party, always dancing he makes sure everyone is having a nice time. He jokes with the kids and plays pranks on the ladies. He is also in charge of keeping the people away from the dancers and is the one to call if there’s anything they could need. 
The legs in this piece have gone to an extreme of exaggeration. They have multiplied and one of them has even gone wiggly, this emphasizes the crazy character the buffoon is. The drawer handles are two different size holes, this gives the furniture a crazy expression.
The Devil is a prankster. With his hands in the air he is ready to jump on any innocent soul he finds. He goes around playing tricks on people and then blaming the mask, stating that “the devil made him do it”
Here the legs of the furniture have exaggerated to the point of multiplying and bending upwards. The drawers have an expressive shape which makes them seem like they are staring back at you with an evil glare. The paint job on the devil, as well as the old man and the buffoon are just on the front part, leaving the back simple and unmasked.  
 
The old man is old, but don’t let his advanced age fool you. He is an energetic dancer. He moves with an old man posture, his back a little bit hunched, but his movements are as agile as those of a young man.  
The legs of this furniture have multiplied to form an expressive posture that makes the furniture seem hunched over. The lines on the old man mask were abstracted and translated into furniture language to give the fa façade ade of this furniture its expression.
Los Enmascarados
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Los Enmascarados

The unexpected nature of the Mexican character transformed into furniture.
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