A chair for life

Enrique was walking with his daughter Sara through the well-known neighborhood of Gràcia in the city of Barcelona. Sara was five years old. In a couple of weeks, she was going to turn six. She was growing very fast. She showed a fresh spontaneity for her age and an innate curiosity for all things. They had a regular itinerary that they did two or three times a week. But that day Sara wanted to change, for one of those spontaneous outbursts that her father liked so much. So, they were going down Verdi Street when they both became fixated on a different façade on the left side. It was a modernist building with a beautiful wooden door and two windows on each side. All three were adorned with a lintel of plant motifs and had wrought-iron bars. The door was wide open and at the entrance a methacrylate plate indicated H2O. They unanimously decided to enter.





Once inside they discovered an open space, all painted white and very well lit. Its owner told them it was a contemporary art gallery specializing in architecture, design and photography. That's when Sara saw a kind of yellow chair, with a striking backrest and a seat so low that it made her guess that it was for children. So, with all freshness, she sat down. While he was watching her, Enrique asked the owner and editor of the chair why he had a children's chair in an art gallery. Joaquim Ruiz Millet, that was the name of the owner, explained that the work was by a young Catalan designer named Martí Guixé and that it was more than a children's chair. It was a conceptual proposal because its creator intended it to be a chair for life.

“For a lifetime?” Enrique asked all surprised. 

“Yes” Joaquim answered. “It’s a living chair! There is no need to buy another one because it also grows as the child grows. You just have to place one book on top of the other on the seat, adapting it to the height of the infant.”

Enrique was enthusiastic about the idea as an everlasting gift for Sara. And so, it has been that her father each Sant Jordi has gifted a book to his daughter with the purpose that, once finished, it will be placed on the seat, symbolizing in this way not only the physical maturation of Sara but also her intellectual maturation.