Designed for the papal New York City visit, the Pope's chair was met with some different reactions and opinions. Plain and non-imposing, some view its simplicity as an insult, while others believe the chair is supposed to represent Pope Francis' commitment to humility and his rejection of material possessions.
The tall plywood chair features simple linear designs with a light-colored plywood and a darker mahogany trim. The cushioned seat and back was made with a crisp white material -- a color appropriate for a holy figure.
Designer Jim Lenahan wanted to make the often elaborate "throne" unassuming and have it support the same thoughts and sentiments the Pope would speak of at his New York City mass.
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