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You have to know how to sit

Gore Vidal, writer of “bestsellers” and other very famous literary works (Julian the Apostate, Hollywood, Empire), explained his secret to success in the means of the mass media: to sit, at all of the parties, next to someone in an exotic or extravagant dress. If no one is wearing a Mohawk or is a woman of the great world, an Indian in a turban also serves the purpose. “When you sit next to a character who wears a turban they take more photographs of you and you get on Sunday’s cover,” Gore Vidal recommends. There are countless photographs where this...

The Throne is the Power

The king of the chairs is undoubtedly the royal throne. More than the crown or scepter, it is the symbol of power: to ascend the throne, to remain on the throne, to lose the throne. Also in a figurative sense: will anyone dethrone the king of rock, the queen of pop? Religions have been molded in the image of monarchies. The gods feel their realms on thrones from those who rule the world. In the medieval art of Byzantine mosaics and Romanesque frescoes, and even in a famous painting by Van Eyck, an elliptical representation of the divinity made its fortune through...

The chair is

A small letter of homage as a poem read by Alessandro Mendini in 1980 on the occasion of the anniversary of the Twenty Chairs in Twenty Years from Italian master Vico Magistretti. While the chair works the man rests. The chair is that thing formed by a few legs, a seat and a back. The chair is a chair, armchair, sofa, ottoman, stool and stool. The chair is the spatial dimension within all houses. The chair is made from wood, plastic, marble, cloth, iron, flesh, diamonds, bamboo, earth. The chair is the Cartesian axis of the Western man. The chair is...

He who went to Seville, lost his chair

It is one of the proverbs learned as a child because it very graphically teaches them what can found in life. If you fall asleep or get confused, it may happen that when you return someone has taken your place. It has many popular deviations – quién fue a Morón, perdió su sillón [he who went to Morón, lost his armchair] – and it is actually poorly constructed as it should read “quien se fue de Sevilla, perdió su silla” [he who left Seville, lost his chair]. The saying is based on a historical fact. During the reign of Henry IV, between 1454 and 1474, the...

Gaudí and Direct Ergonomics

The architecture of Antoni Gaudí is a great focus of international attraction, as can be verified every day by Barcelona’s residents. But in addition to the buildings, there are a number of works by this artist that also powerfully attract attention: these are his domestic furniture designs, which were custom created for each of his clients. The most notable pieces are, without a doubt, his chairs: organic, warm, original. Gaudí designed chairs for some of his principal clients: Calvet, Batlló and Milà. In relation to some of these chairs an anecdote is told...

Musical Chairs

In the game of musical chairs, participants do laps around a circle of chairs while music plays, and when it stops, they have to try to sit down ... But there is always a chair less than players. It is a simple game (the necessary elements are in every house and you only have to have a music playing device or someone who plays an instrument, or even just someone who can sing) and lends itself to a lot of hilarious situations. In the solemn atmospheres of the classical music auditoriums, the seats are also anecdotal: who hasn’t found themselves in the concert hall,...
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