A remarkable piece with a remarkable story, Elegance Throne is the creation of Mozambique-based artist Gonçalo Mabunda, who over the last decade has transformed more than 8,000 decommissioned weapons into dynamic masterpieces!
Born in 1975 in Maputo, Mozambique, Mabunda works primarily with recovered and deactivated weapons, seven million of which were stockpiled and hidden during the 16-year civil war that divided his country. By reappropriating this deadly cache—including AK-47s, grenades, and rocket launchers—and transforming them into furniture, thrones, and masks, Mabunda is physically removing the weapons from circulation and conceptually stripping them of their threat.
With Elegance Chair, Mabunda underlines this metamorphosis, imbuing the object with a fragility and unsteadiness that visually negates the link between weapons and power. A fascinating and meaningful work, this piece is a lesson in resilience, creativity, and looking optimistically to the future.