We’ve been fans of Dirty Furniture since their launch in 2014, so we were thrilled to send the magazine out to Stack subscribers this September, and share our excitement with them. The design magazine hones in on a piece of furniture each issue, examining our interaction with these objects after they leave the showrooms and enter into our daily lives. The most current issue is about the perennial, omnipresent furniture, the toilet.
Co-founder & Editor
What is Dirty Furniture?
Dirty Furniture is an independent design magazine that uncovers the relationship between people and the things they live with. Conceived as a finite printed series of six and showcasing design’s best writers and emerging talents, each issue takes a piece of furniture as its theme and uses it as a springboard to explore topics spanning politics, design, history, technology, psychology, manufacturing, art – and the plain weird.
What makes it different to the rest?
Dirty Furniture is a platform for long-form writing about design. It focuses less on the inspiration behind a design and more on what happens to design after it leaves the showroom and interacts with people (and gets dirty).
Who makes Dirty Furniture?
Co-founders and Editors Anna Bates and Elizabeth Glickfeld; Deputy Editor Pete Maxwell; Creative Directors Mark El-khatib and Sara de Bondt.
Who reads it?
Anyone interested in design.
Why do you work in magazines?
Putting together an issue can present the challenges of a puzzle, and we like the smell of fresh ink.
Aside from the print magazine, what else are you involved in?
Events and exhibitions. At Milan Furniture Fair in 2015, we staged A Round Table, a discussion on Tables; in 2016 we presented Shit Work, a room dedicated to people who work with shit. This year at London Design Festival, Dirty Furniture collaborated with The Shit Museum (Italy) on two exhibitions and a series of Toilet Break debates. This included an exhibition inspired by futurist Natalie D Kane’s feature in the magazine’s toilet issue on the rise and implications of the adult nappy.
What would you change about Dirty Furniture if you could?
We would make distributing the magazine simpler and more transparent.
Where do you see Dirty Furniture in five years?
We’d like to be applying the Dirty Furniture editorial approach to other media and formats.