So who was that chair? Turns out that the Republicans can't even say "We built it!"- It was an Italian, a Baba, designed in 1992 by Sergio Mian. According to Architectural Record,
Manufactured in northern Italy, the chair is available to the contract market in United States through Atlanta-based Sandler Seating, and to consumers through the modern design retailer Design Within Reach (DWR). Rusty Wolf, the U.S. Director of Sales for Sandler Seating, says that while the barstool’s stage presence sparked "several hilarious comments from customers and friends," his company hasn’t seen a surge in orders just yet.
Design within Reach describes the designer's philosophy:
Schooled as an architect at the University of Venice, Mian worked on the restoration of old buildings before moving on to exhibition design, historical research and then industrial and furniture design. This varied background is brought to bear in every project Mian undertakes. In his furniture, one can see a respect for history, an understanding of spatial dynamics and a finesse of presentation. In Mian's best-known works, such as the Baba seating collection, a mix of style and practicality is ensured through expert construction, use of durable and attractive materials and, most important, a deep understanding of how the human body interacts with its surroundings. Although it may look streamlined and minimal, Mian's Baba seating expertly and comfortably cradles the body where it needs it the most; the reduction of parts does not infer a reductive aesthetic at work but simply expert knowledge of the body in repose. In Mian's work, less indeed is more.
Well it least it wasn't French, Clint might have shot it.