As terrifying as it is fascinating, for millennia the skull has been a powerful symbol for different beliefs across the world. These beliefs gave rise to legends that we still discuss to this day, as proven by the mysterious story surrounding the crystal skulls. According to Mayan legend, there were 13 crystal skulls, each with prophetic abilities, containing information on the origins of humanity. It is said that in 900BC, men came from Atlantis to offer the skulls to the Olmecs, who guarded them in a great pyramid. The Mayans then took over their protection, followed by the Aztecs. The latter, judging that the message dispensed by these skulls once they were all gathered together was too dangerous, scattered them throughout the world. The first was discovered in Mexico in 1878, and the last in 2011, the same year in which the Skull Armchair by Studio HAROW was revealed for the first time.
The complexity of its shape is in direct correlation with the undeniable difficulty of its fabrication, which is part and parcel of this project's artistic process. The primitive brutality of the work has been developed with contemporary finesse, while the geometry and stereotomy of the angular structure demand specific steps during fabrication, in line with the meticulous techniques of the stonemasons. The ornamental elements, details of solemn classicism, rise up like mythological scenes and bear witness to the inimitably French quality of the work. A sophisticated and innovative exploration of materials allows for the creation of the fabric and the stuffing, giving admirable proof of the richness of the materials used.
Black Skull Armchair
150 cm x 120 cm x 110 cm.
Structure of reinforced fiberglass / Steel internal frame.
Black gloss finish / Luxury black velvet.
Numbered models / Limited edition of 8 + 4 Ap.