If you’ve been reading GeekAlerts for a very long time, you’ll remember the amazing Octopus Chair from years ago. As you can see from this incredible Maximo Riera Life-Size Hippo Sofa, this same artist has been busy crafting other animal-themed furniture.
Handcrafted through over 400 hours of painstaking work, this exclusive sofa is a detailed and life-size hippopotamus. While a hippo may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of beautiful animals, this spectacular piece is both majestic and imposing at once. It would fit well in the waiting area of an exclusive club, ritzy restaurant, or ostentatious law office.
The Hippopotamus is a semiaquatic herbivore mammal, peculiar for its barrel-shaped torso, and is one of the most aggressive and unpredictable creatures in the world. For this design, its tremendous size and volume has been preserved, evading any sections or partitions along its body, in order to accomplish an entire life-size piece.
This is the sofa handcrafted to create a life-size majestic hippopotamus. The sofa requires over 400 hours to make due to the intricate design and the artist’s painstaking attention to detail, including the barrel-shaped body formed by a steel frame, massive snout, and short legs. The sofa seat and backrest are formed into one side of the hippopotamus, leaving the other side to display the full, imposing form of the daunting animal. The sofa seat and backrest are made from supple, tufted full-grain leather while the rest of the hippopotamus is covered in pebbled leather-like polyurethane, simulating the texture and look of the hippopotamus’ hairless skin. Unlike the aggressive, unpredictable nature of the hippopotamus, this sofa provides a reliable place to read or entertain guests while paying tribute to the animal ancient cultures revered for its intrepidity, tenacity, and bravery. Special conditions and guarantee limitations apply.
Buy this Maximo Riera Life-Size Hippo Sofa for $95,000 at Hammacher Schlemmer.