Mae West Lips Sofa
The Mae West Lips Sofa is a surrealist sculpture in the form of a sofa by Salvador Dalí. The light red, 86.5 x 183 x 81.5 cm (34 x 72 x 32 in) sized seating furniture made of wood and satin was shaped in 1937 after the lips of actress Mae West, whom Dalí apparently found fascinating. Dalí never intended for the sofa to serve a functional use. He also claimed that he partly based the design of the sofa on a pile of rocks near Cadaqués and Portlligat, where he stayed for many years with his wife, Gala Éluard Dalí.
Edward James, a rich British patron of the Surrealists in the 1930s, originally commissioned this piece from Dalí. It is now part of the art collections at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Another version is on display at the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. A version is owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, having exhibited another example at the 2007 exhibition Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design.
In 1972, Italian designer group Studio 65 produced an updated version of Dalí's Mae West Lips Sofa, called the Marilyn Bocca Sofa in honor of actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Unlike Dalí's original work, the Marilyn Bocca Sofa has a more practical use in the home, and has become an icon of classic modern design.
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- Mae West Lips Sofa, Salvador Dalí, 1938 | Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
- Pitxot, Antoni; Montse Aguer Teixidor; photography, Jordi Puig; translation, Steve Cedar (2007). The Dalí Theatre-Museum. Sant Lluís, Menorca: Triangle Postals. ISBN 9788484782889.
- Studio65 | Studio65 official website
- Studio 65 Gufram Bocca Lip Sofa | modern design by moderndesign.org
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