Friday, January 9, 2009

Chair #9

—Designed by Leon Krier

Commodus was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 180 to 192. Apparently he was known among his contemporaries as a very handsome dude. He also had some sort of odd Hercules obsession, ordering statues made of himself dressed as Hercules wearing a lion's hide and carrying a club. He liked to perform gladiator-esque feats in the arena. Commodus was particular fond of fighting wild animals (the details are much too gruesome to delve into here), and it was written that he could shoot an arrow through the head of an ostrich in full gallop. Nice visual, eh? Better to try picturing Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator. Prrrrrr.

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The gorgeous chair legs are made of solid maple with glazed nickel-plated metal feet.

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