Stack at home: Dirty Furniture, September 2021

by Stack editorial in October 2021
Art & design

Dirty Furniture is interested in what happens “When design leaves the showroom”, exploring the messy, unintended stuff that’s thrown up when people start actually using designed objects.

This issue is themed around the phone, and editors Anna Bates and Elizabeth Glickfeld started work on it back when there was widespread concern about phone addiction and the need for ‘digital wellness’. And then the pandemic hit. “Suddenly these maligned objects became our lifelines”, Bates and Glickfield explain in their opening letter. “While many aspects of life passed through our phones previously, now absolutely everything did. How then could we distil the meaning of the phone into a magazine?”

The issue born out of that question considers the telephone technologically, politically, socially and spiritually — and features Kim Kardashian as cover star, naturally.

Stack readers loved their September delivery as much as we do. Below we’ve rounded up our favourite photographs of Dirty Furniture.

1. Desk goals

Dirty Furniture is the star of what looks like the world’s most enviable desk.

2. All that glitters

We love the sheen on this picture of Dirty Furniture, by Stack subscriber Terri Jane.

3. Summer days

Lovely to see Dirty Furniture basking in the last of the summer sun.

2. Random magazines in the mail

We’re big fans of this shot of the photogenic Kim K, against a photogenic wall.

1. Quite the week

We love this winning photograph by Stack subscriber John Willshire, reading with his very lovely dog.

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