Pelusilla is a previously unknown chair-species that can live both indoors and outdoors. 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 the technologised 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 constantly travel to China aided by sophisticated technologies for livestock transport. On the other hand, myriad synthetic components that reproduce sheep fur are shipped from China to Australia.
It was conceptualised, designed and constructed by GRANDEZA. It was 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. 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.
Image: Pelusilla, 2017, aluminium camping chair, polyester merino fur, synthetic filling. Photo: Harsha Rajashekar.
GRANDEZA studio is an architectural research cluster that operates between the fields of design, cultural production, pedagogical exploration and spatial practice. They have been developing a multidisciplinary practice based upon collaborations with several architects, collectives, artists and institutions in Madrid, Berlin and Sydney. Members, Amaia Sanchez-Velasco, Jorge Valiente and Gonzalo Valiente are currently lecturers from the Schools of Design and Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney.