DESIGN PORN: A Modern Day Porter's Chair from Yaffe Mays and NWBLK

We recently discovered this amazing chair on the site THE NWBLK (the new black) and we had to share. "Personhood" is a modern interpretation of the porter's chair hand crafted in wood.

A porter's chair dates back to medieval England and France, where it was placed by the front door of an estate or home for use by a gatekeeper servant who was in charge of screening guests and visitors. The egg-shape “hood” of the chair was used to protect the staff member from the cold breezes near the front door and to be used as a bit of a guard house (not unlike the boxy structure behind each of the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace).

In this modern interpretation, no machines used in the making of the wooden chair. The concept for the chair was born in response to the brief for an exhibition titled dubh. Dubh is the Irish word for black or darkness. “Personhood” is made from French and Irish walnut with a dark leather cushion. The idea was to create a vessel somewhere between a cradle and a coffin. Each chair is handmade and slightly unique by Yaffe Mays – partnership of Rebecca Yaffe and Laura Mays. Price? A cool $12,000.

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