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Lamp Shade Queen

Pittsburgh Press - Apr 2, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 06, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Fashion, Furniture, 1930s

Hairdresser in a glass coffin

Celebrity hairstylist Antoine de Paris used to sleep in a glass coffin, which he claimed he would one day be buried in. He died in 1976, and whether he actually was buried in the glass coffin I haven't been able to find out.

Info from Logan Sisley:

Antoni "Antek" Cierplikowski was born in Poland in 1884 but made his name in Paris as Monsieur Antoine, hair stylist to the stars. In 1924 he purchased the top four floors of a Parisian apartment building which he set about remodelling as a School of Beauty and an apartment with sculpture studio. Construction of The House of Glass began in 1929. It occupied the upper floors of the building and contained the studio and living quarters. Glass was supplied by St Gobain, of whom Antoine claimed at one time to be the biggest client. The external walls were clad with large panes of opaque glass to eradicate the need for curtains, which Antoine believed had no place in the modern interior. The interiors were decorated extensively with glass including the staircase, a cupola, pillars, chairs and even a glass bed in the shape of a coffin, which attracted much press attention.

Dayton Daily News - Mar 25, 1932



"M. Antoine in the curious burial costume he has designed for his funeral"



From The San Francisco Examiner - Sep 25, 1932:

It is in the arrangements for his own funeral that Antoine's genius soars to its greatest height. In life, he surrounds himself with death, so in death he will be surrounded by sparkling life. He has engaged eight beautiful models to be his pall-bearers. They have agreed to be gay and sprightly and bright at his funeral, to shed no tears nor betray any sorrow. And, if he dies and they go through the ordeal successfully, they will be rewarded by provisions in his will.

But models die, get married, get fired, while Antoine continues to live. Always he must be replacing the original ones. He picks them out for their gaiety and their good looks.

More info: Polish Fashion Stories

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 15, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Fashion, Furniture

The Princess Rajah Dance

Man, that gal's got some strong jaws--as you will see!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 06, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Furniture, Human Marvels, 1900s, Dance

Malicious Bar Stool

Outfit your home bar with the 'malicious' bar stool. Available from 1stdibs.com. Price: $3,700 each.

Inspired by the ancient "Chair of Nails Torture", which was studded with spikes and used by inquisitors, "Malicious" was designed to create a feeling of disturbance, hesitation and fear in users. The purpose was to see the reactions and behavior of the users towards disturbing objects.





via Dave Barry

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 12, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Furniture

Swaying Chair

Zanesville Times Recorder - Jan 4, 1960

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 27, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Furniture, 1960s

The Climax Couch

Surely even in 1910 the name must have been suggestive.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 20, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Furniture, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Advertising, 1910s

Dining table with cat-hole

The Japanese store Dinos is selling an oak table with a hole in the center to allow a cat to poke its head through. The product description states: "You will be healed by your cat who pops out of the hole in the table."

The table costs 159,500 yen, which is about $1500.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 22, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Furniture, Cats

Chair Safety

1999: Due to a spate of "chair-related injuries", the employees in the Seattle Police Department's Identification Unit all had to take a training session on how to safely sit in a chair.



I guess chair safety is one of those things that sounds silly, until you hurt yourself sitting down wrong. Below, Regina Cochrane, "professional accident preventer," offers some chair safety tips.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 07, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Accidents, Furniture, 1990s

Breath Deflector

In case your bed partner has bad breath.

Patented in 1922 by Darwin Comings of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 07, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Furniture, Inventions, Patents, Sleep and Dreams, 1920s, Smells and Odors

Tarantula Bedding

Available from retailer Ggtrends.

An appropriate gift for the arachnophile in your life.





Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 19, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Furniture, Insects and Spiders

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