Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chair #349

—Designer unknown

One great thing about this chair is that it's affordable. But other than that, it's cultural and cool. A pida chair is a classic low seat common in India, but iterations of it are seen throughout Indonesia as well. This particular chair is intricately carved from Indian rosewood, and has a lovely jute weave on the seat. The final result is a dark aged rustic look that would transform any room to another world, another time. Imagine that you are wrapped in a gorgeous pink sari. Your hair is pulled up with flowers in it. A pink and orange colored batik tapestry hangs behind you on the wall, a Ganesha sculpture is sitting nearby sending out success vibes. Candles are lit all around, and you are sipping black Assam tea. Absolute serenity.

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Ganesha—the elephant deity—is one of the most commons icons for anything associated with Indian religion and culture. The son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha is believed to be the remover of all obstacles and is prayed to before the beginning of any significant occasion. Thus Ganesha is known as the deity of SUCCESS! He is the destroyer of evils and obstacles, and is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. I know, good guy to have on your side, right? Ganesha sculptures are extremely popular in India and abroad. He is a deity with the body of a man and the head of an elephant, a big belly, a broken tusk and a jovial nature. Ganesha is usually depicted with more than two arms, a mouse and a serpent.

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