Masquespacio Wink chair

Masquespacio's Wink chair is designed to resemble an eye

Valencia studio Masquespacio has created an upholstered chair with a back shaped like an eye and adorned with a tasseled fringe.

The Wink chair was developed for Houtique – a partner brand headed by Masquespacio creative director and co-founder Ana Milena Hernández – following the successful launch in 2018 of the Wink lamp.

Masquespacio Wink chair

The chair, which was presented at the Maison et Objet trade fair, features a three-legged metal base supporting a circular upholstered seat.

The back leg extends upwards to connect with an ellipse-shaped back enclosing another round cushion pad.

The combination of the metal frame and circular back cushion creates the appearance of a simplified eye shape. The addition of an eyelash-like fringe accentuates the ocular aesthetic.

Masquespacio Wink chair

The chair's frame is made from iron tubing that is bent and welded to form the curved back section. The joints are sanded and the metal is treated to achieve either a reflective chrome or gold finish.

The seat and backrest are upholstered in a synthetic velvet in a range of secondary colours.

The bold use of colour is a signature element of the pieces designed by Masquespacio, which include a collection of toadstool-shaped furniture for Spanish brand Missana.

Masquespacio Wink chair

Describing the chair's design, the studio said it provides "a look with a lot of craftiness, an eye that can only focus on exquisite vibes while dancing to the rhythm of the music with its fringes".

Masquespacio has used fringing for several of its products to lend them a sense of movement and a retro aesthetic.

Alongside the other materials specified for the Wink chair and light, this is intended to "remind us of the past and the future by winking to the use of bangs, gold and the observation".

Masquespacio Wink chair

Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse founded Masquespacio in 2010 as a multidisciplinary design agency focused on branding and interior projects.

The consultancy works internationally but several of its most notable interiors projects are in its home city, including a phone-repair shop with a clashing colour palette, and a tropical sushi restaurant that fuses influences from Japan and Brazil.