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Pessoa's Chair

We do not have any photographs of Fernando Pessoa's chair. In fact, the ones he always had were rentals and on the other hand he preferred to write standing up, leaning on a chest of drawers. And here we have it, in a vulgar room in Lisbon for which he pays four reales, in a tired and anonymous fourth floor where he lives questioning life, looking at the paper half full while a cheap cigarette is consumed on a blotting paper that makes an improvised ashtray. It has recently stopped raining, standing in contemplation as the sunset sneaks through his window. The sky...

Proust's Stacked Chairs

In the Rue Haussmann apartment, Proust accumulated furniture from the family home. With the death of his mother that residence was full of nostalgia and he decided to leave it, but contradictorily he took all the chairs and tables he could to his new home. The extraordinary memory of Céleste Albaret, transcribed in the form of a book when she was more than eighty years old, has made it possible to reconstruct this apartment in every detail, as well as the habits of its inhabitant. In the unused dining room all kinds of junk accumulated. Furniture of gentrified...

Freud's Chair

Freud liked to read in a somewhat peculiar way. Lying diagonally, with legs dangling on the arm of the chair and the head unsupported, keeping the book upright. To make this position more comfortable, his daughter Matilde gave him this chair designed in 1930 by the architect Felix Augenfeld. Witnesses of all this must have been the many small Greek or Asian Egyptian sculptures that resided on his table. Precious individuals for the stories they represented, these figures belonged to the civilizations that he had so deeply interpreted. They were able to materialize...

Chairs fall, worlds that tremble

If a chair reclines on the floor: something is not right. This is confirmed by the scene represented by Hogarth. It happens in a luxurious and motley residence. It has been some time since the wedding and the desire - if there was any - has vanished. With it the composure. The lady stretches herself ordinarily. The gentleman is squashed in the chair, obviously convalescing from a night of excess. The butler flees from the scene with a face of horror. Carrying some papers in the hand. Probably unpaid bills. Another servant, in the background, puts his hand to his...

Prouvé / Hergé?

One wonders how a lounge chair designed by Jean Prouvé ended up in a vacation hotel in Vargèse. Let me remind you that Vergèse is a small mountain village of Haute-Savoie imagined by Hergé that appears in the first vignettes of Tintin au Tibet, the cartoon published in the Journal de Tintin in 1958 and in the form of an album in 1960*. Hergé initiates the vibrant adventure that will lead to the cave of the Yeti with a placid alpine holiday of Tintin, Milú, Haddock and Tornasol. Let's sit down in a room of the Hôtel des Sommets to enjoy that sunset of lazyness in...

Portraying chairs

They are seen in profusion in the Encantes or in any old market. They are bought easily and at a good price over the Internet. They are postcards (cartes-de-visite) or portraits for family albums that respond to formats that have been propagated since the mid-nineteenth century, although they are more abundant at the beginning of the 20th century. A good number of these images have a peculiarity that should draw our attention. They are portraits of the entire body of the subjects sitting or leaning on a chair. The chair constitutes a set resource for the...
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