Nacho Carbonell's work isn't, it's probably fair to say, conventionally pretty or classically beautiful. You don't turn to him for pieces of art to complement your colour scheme or look nice on your console table in the hall.
His work is invariably strange, surreal, fantastic – indeed weird is the adjective people tend to fall on to describe it. You certainly do need to understand what the artist is getting at...and when you do, it becomes fascinating.
'My work is an exploration of how we conceive design,' says Carbonell. 'And I like to see objects as living organisms, things that can come alive and surprise you with their behaviour. My pieces are conceptual, not practical, they are tactile and I like them to tell a story that makes a point about an aspect of life.'
He cites his 2009 Tree Chair to explain what he's getting at. Starting with a simple wooden chair, which he sees as a girl, the chair looks around at trees which have provided the material she's made from. She would like to grow taller and merge with the trees from which she's come. So more tree waste is used to add to the chair, which in turn grows to resemble a tree.