Miss Ramirez Chair - El Ultimo Grito (Rosario Hurtado & Roberto Feo)

Miss Ramirez Chair, El Ultimo Grito, 2006. Image © Heini Schneebeli

Object Details

Date of making
2006
Date of acquisition
2006
Technique/Process
Furniture making: pressure-moulding, assemblage
Materials
cork, latex, steel, rubber, leather
Dimensions
L700mm x W580mm x H650mm
Collection Number
W155

Maker Details

Birthplace
Rosario Hurtado – Madrid, Spain Roberto Feo – London, England
Place Trained
Hurtado: London College of Furniture, Cabinet Making; Kingston Uni, BA Industrial Design; Alcala de Henares Uni, Economics. Feo: RCA, MA Furniture Design; London College of Furniture, Furniture Design; Complutense Uni, Sociology and Social Anthropology
Studio
EUG studio, 155 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4DH, England
Awards
Shorlisted, Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Furniture, 2004
Link
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The Miss Ramirez Chair is named after the Spanish-speaking bar owner in the 1952 Western ‘High Noon’. The materials were based on the Birkenstock shoe, which is made from cork chips derived from waste produced in Spain. These are mixed with latex and then pressed into a mould to create Miss Ramirez's seat. Little wheels reminiscent of roller blades add humour to the piece and allow it to move easily around a small space.

El Ultimo Grito’s work questions our relationships with objects and culture, exploring them across disciplines in projects ranging from interiors to graphics.

Miss Ramirez Chair was amongst the works chosen by curator Ralph Turner for the 2008 Crafts Council touring exhibition ‘Collecting a Kaleidoscope’.

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Professor Catherine McDermott
says...

“The Miss Ramirez Chair helped change the way in which we understand contemporary creative practice. When the chair was made, El Ultimo Grito, the husband and wife partnership of Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo (shortened affectionately to ‘The Gritos’) had just started their practice and their focus on the creative process over the final object. In Miss Ramirez the elements of mainstream creative practice that are now so familiar - film quotes, playful references and unsettling cultural juxtapositions - were all in place. Its acquisition by the Crafts Council brought an important signpost of future new directions into the collection.”

Professor Catherine McDermott

Professor Catherine McDermott, Course Director for MA Curating Contemporary Design, Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum, London.

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/pressoffice/findanexpert/profile/4/Catherine-McDermott

Produced by The Light Surgeons
Collecting a Kaleidoscope, Ralph Turner
2008
9’43”

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