Home furniture is intended to create an individualized living area, yet in the past, styles and designs were dictated by ruling monarchs, conditions of the era and availability of materials.
In Latin America during the Spanish Colonization, furniture designs were styled after European trends. Though craft guilds were formed to control styles, indigenous Peruvian and Mexican designers gradually developed and incorporated their own characteristics. When Independence was achieved the guilds were dissolved, allowing for more imaginative interpretations, many of which were influenced by a fusion of pre-Hispanic traditions and artistry. Today, leather furniture and wood furniture feature an amalgam of pre-Hispanic and Colonial styles.
West African tribes consider a throne or stool to be the seat of the owner's soul, and when not in use it must be leaned against the wall so no other soul will occupy it. A royal throne must not touch the floor. During inauguration, a new king is raised and lowered over the stool without touching it. Each stool is made from a single block of wood featuring a crescent-shaped seat, a flat base and ornate support structure featuring symbols that are unique to each soul, therefore each one has a different meaning for the person whose soul it seats.