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The Taburete


[This ubiquitous leather and wood chair is a taburete.]

This ubiquitous leather and wood chair is a taburete.


[A flower design decorates de back rest of our taburete. This style of design is typical of the last decades of the 20th Century.]

A flower design decorates de back rest of our taburete. This style of design is typical of the last decades of the 20th Century.


[This is the backview of the last picture. The rough, inner side of the leather can be seen. The owners sometimes uses this area to put a mark on the taburete, such as initials or numbers.]

This is the backview of the last picture. The rough, inner side of the leather can be seen. The owners sometimes uses this area to put a mark on the taburete, such as initials or numbers.


[The legs and the connecting pieces form an almost cubic structure. This increases the strength and stability of the taburete.]

The legs and the connecting pieces form an almost cubic structure. This increases the strength and stability of the taburete.


[Front corner of the seat. You can clearly see the cut made in the leather in order to fold it, and how it is kept in place by four nails.]

Front corner of the seat. You can clearly see the cut made in the leather in order to fold it, and how it is kept in place by four nails.


[The place where the seat joins the back rest must be covered in leather. This is a critical detail that shows the authenticity and quality of the taburete.]

The place where the seat joins the back rest must be covered in leather. This is a critical detail that shows the authenticity and quality of the taburete.


[Bottom view that shows the seat of the taburete.]

Bottom view that shows the seat of the taburete.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2009-05-16

Taburete is the name of the ubiquitous leather and wood chairs seen all over Panama. It is common to see them inside family houses, at restaurants and hotels, and even outdoors at patios.

The taburete is a very simple piece of furniture, but this simplicity makes it durable and beautiful. The structure is made of wood and the cover of the seat and back rest are made of leather. It can be decorated with traditional designs or even with personalized logos, if the taburete is ordered straight from the workshop.

Even though there are cheaper options today regarding chairs, taburetes remain popular because of their decorative value and also because of their durability which could last a lot more than 10 years (the one in the pictures is at least 20 years old).


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