Pedro Ramírez Vázquez Equipal Chair

The Pedro Ramírez Vázquez equipal chair was produced in different upholstery versions. Nowadays, re-issues can be purchased through LUTECA.
The “equipal” is a Mexican chair made of wood, leather, maguey fiber and cane. In the U.S., “equipales” are typically found in Mexican restaurants and are popular in homes of the Southwest. The word “equipale” is from Nautl, the Aztec language, and the chair is occasionally called “Montezuma’s Chair” to try and establish its antiquity. Although ancient in origin, the chair has become popular comparatively recently. It was originally considered low-class by Mexicans, but in the 1920’s and ’30’s it started to become fashionable in the Pacific seacoast resorts as American tourists requested them. Its popularity was also helped by the Mexican muralists and other artists who highlighted the aesthetic qualities of folk crafts and began to educate the public on the virtues of unpolished native traditions. Frida Kahlo favored “equipales” in her studio and home and these chairs, previously considered crude peasant furniture, were elevated to a new status as original native designs.

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