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STANLEY RUIZ: "After carving the foam into the desired shape, the process was repetitive and quite meditative. A mixture of rice husks and latex was applied to the foam’s surface — a rubber membrane that doubled as 'upholstery.' I was mixing the concoction in small quantities so that it wouldn’t dry too quickly. It was the constant mixing and application that took up the latter part of the day.” Above: “Here I am on the phone with Giulio Cappellini, discussing the possibility of producing the chair,” Ruiz jokes.