Rome’s furniture design is a consequence from the Greek design, however, its main trait features a showoff of power and luxury.
Their chairs were made with noble materials such as bronze, marble and a variety of precious stones. The decor was sumptuous, all naturalistic and ornamentation typical of Roman culture, as the backrest swan neck or the characteristic foot shape of lion’s paw, alluding to the lion used in the fighting against the gladiators. Its format was generally similar to the thrones, a design that even favored the chairs of the general population.
The Romans created several models of furniture, including the semi-circular seat; the Cattedra, a chair with backrest often used by women or elderly; the Sella curulis, a model backless with generous dimensions, used by people exercising public functions, it has become a symbol of power; and the Lectus, an armchair with wider format, made of wood, with support and high sides, with a thick mattress and almost always accompanied by stools for the feet and can be found in almost every home. It was commonly used as much for rest and for meals.
Observe down a throne model with carved lion’s paw and two other models of Sella curulis:
Interesting, don’t you think?
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