Thursday, September 29, 2011

Couches... A Travel in Styles, Uses, and Historcal Examples

Hideous Printed Couches- I remember these prints from my very early childhood. I think they look horrible. I do however would like to know what about this print was popular. Why were these colors popular in the late 70s to mid 80s?

Lips Sofa- I had to draw this for Patrick's history class last year for chair cards. It was designed by Salvador Dali. I have also heard it referred to as the Mae West Lips Sofa. I think this piece is very interesting. It is the true fusion of art and furniture. It has a very dirty, almost pornographic feel to it... The perfect blend of style... and sleaze... with a hint of art sophistication.

Ancient Greek/Roman Lounges- We today lounge on couches while reading a book, relaxing, watching TV, but in the Ancient worlds of Greece and Rome, they used these while dinning. The upper class would lounge on cushion pieces while eating. I find it so ironic that the way we dine now is very different than this... and so is our use for the couch. I feel this is a pretty close beginning in the history of both couches and the practice of lounging on furniture like we now use the sofa for.

photos provided through google

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