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In the Boudoir

In Italy in 1911, a poster by Marcello Dudovich caused a sensation for the Borsalino house, celebrated manufacturer of hats for men. Its luxury productions, marketed under the brand name Zenit, they exemplify like none other the atmosphere of an exclusive world that would soon disappear with the outbreak of World War I. Dudovich’s poster, with a predominance of yellow tones, shows a rococo chair with a bowler hat, a pair of men’s gloves and a cane. What are those accessories doing there? Who is the owner? For the elegant and refined environment, everyone...

Historia de las Sillas by Silvio Rodríguez

For many it is one of the most beautiful songs of Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez. It is part of the album Live in Argentina, recorded in April 1984 with Pablo Milanés in Buenos Aires, a few months after the end of the dictatorship. Chairs, unlike the case with shoes, rarely appear in the songbook. Let everyone interpret it as they wish. At the edge of the road there is a chair, Rampaging around that place. The friend's coat is laid out, The friend does not sit down to rest. His shoes, worn, are mirrors Which burn his throat with the...

He Did Not Know How to Sit

In 1931 a very prolific architect died in Barcelona, author of almost five hundred projects, many of them residences. It was the Marquis de Sagnier, who for nearly half a century of his professional career had built a large part of the modern city and had even left samples of his work in various parts of the world. In an obituary note, the values of comfort of the houses that Enrique Sagnier Villavecchia had designed and construction were celebrated, and they linked to his personality as a family man and father of a family, of pleasant association and with a full...

There are chairs for rent

It is one of the popular sayings or expressions of the Catalan language that has neither a literal translation nor Castilian Spanish equivalent. It is used when someone behaves in an unprecedented or unconventional way and more correctly to refer to extraordinary situations that can generate expectation. Its origin is in the phrase s’hi llogaran cadires that was once pronounced by the town crier to announce a show. It was a kind of advertising slogan, because the offering of chairs to the public, even if they were for rent, meant that the show would be worth...

The seat of love "designed" by Edward VII

Edward VII, King of Great Britain and Ireland, son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, had a silent youth that dwarfs the bed-stories of the present British royal family. But it is also true that when he began his reign, at the beginning of the twentieth century, at the age of sixty, his virtues as a diplomat and statesman ended up making people forget the sins of his youth. However, in a history of the furniture of love, one cannot ignore his contribution to erotic fantasies in the field of design, because his Siège d’amour, an example of which is kept in the...

Manual for making a chair

Select, among various types of wood, the one you like the most for the shape and color: Birch - Maple - Boxwood - Mahogany – Chestnut - Cedar - Cherry - Poplar – Ebony - Oak - Beech - Walnut – Olive - Elm - Pine - Oak - Teak – Etc. Remember that the essentials of a chair are: Seat - Stile - Front legs – Rear legs – Rail/Apron – Backrest - Stretcher. Although you can add the decorative fantasies you like the most: Backrest base - Arms - Shell – Curtain - Foliage - Acanthus leaf – Palm tree - Motif - Bouquet - Scrolls – etc. Get the tools you...
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