Dirty Furniture | Couch - issue 1/6
In our launch issue we look at the price tag of haunted furniture, the history of ‘comfort’ and the role of the sofa in sitcoms. We take the covers off Freud’s couch, peek into designers’ homes to see what sofa they live with, and scrutinise Tony Blair’s so-called ‘sofa politics’. Foam comes under the spotlight in a materials focus, manufacturing approaches are revealed and we interview a couchsurfer, an upholsterer and an antique dealer.
Dirty Furniture is a new independent biannual design magazine that uncovers the relationship between people and the things they live with. The magazine’s goal is to take a lateral approach to writing about design; we are as interested in what happens after an item leaves the showroom as in that which saw it arrive there. Dirty Furniture is conceived as a finite series of six, each taking a piece of furniture as its theme. Instead of dismissing furniture as a topic fit only for glossy lifestyle publications, Dirty Furniture instead uses it as a springboard to explore topics spanning politics, history, technology, psychology, manufacturing…and the plain weird.
magazine design by studio Sara De Bondt (Sara De Bondt and Mark El-Khatib)
Anna Bates is a London based independent design writer and critic. She is Contributing Editor of Icon magazine, where she previously worked as Design Editor, and writes forAbitare, Disegno, Domus, Form (De), Form (Se) and Frieze. She is currently co-writing the Laurence King book 100 Ideas that Changed Design and teaching a studio at the Cass, London Met University. She holds an MA in design criticism from the RCA.
Elizabeth Glickfeld is a design writer based in London. She writes for Eye, Disegno, Design Issues, Domus and Frieze. She is co-author of the Laurence King book 100 Ideas that Changed Design and a lecturer in design history at Kingston University. She holds an MA in design criticism from the RCA and was a lecturer and tutor in design theory and history at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.
Peter Maxwell is a London-based design and architecture writer who has contributed to a wide range of publications on the arts, design and culture, including: Disegno, Space, Art Review, form, MARK, Onomatopee, ICON, Uncube, NOON, Grafik, Human Being Journal and Reading Design. He holds an MA in design criticism from the RCA.