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A chair designed to facilitate threesomes, exhibited in the Sex Machines Museum in Prague

Erotic furniture, also known as sex furniture, is any form of furniture that is designed to act as an aid to sexual activity. This includes furniture and harnesses designed to aid positioning,[1] assisting with comfort, penetration level and stimulation.[2] Other types of erotic furniture are constructed to be an aid to erotic bondage. The functionality may be obvious or the erotic furniture may be designed to appear as conventional furniture.[3] Some conventional items of furniture such as the four-poster bed and the chaise longue traditionally have erotic associations,[4] but they are not considered to be erotic furniture as their primary use is not erotic. Erotic furniture can also be furniture decorated with erotic art.

History

In ancient Assyria there are examples of furniture decorated with erotic reliefs dating to the 13th century BC.[5]

According to an urban legend, the 18th-century Russian Empress Catherine the Great collected erotic furniture, including tables with penises for legs and other items carved in relief with penises and vulvas.[6]

The 1791 French novel Les Délices de Coblentz describes beds that are designed to increase sexual pleasure by virtue of the elasticity of their springs.[7]

The British king Edward VII, who was heavily overweight, used a specially constructed "love chair" (siege d'amour) when he visited the famous brothel, Le Chabanais in Paris. The piece still exists and a replica[8] is exhibited at the Musée de l'Erotisme in Pigalle.[9]

Edward Gorey's The Curious Sofa, (1961) is a neo-Victorian pseudo-porno satire described as a "pornographic illustrated story about furniture". The book consists of euphemistic illustrations with strategically deployed objects, such as potted plants and tree branches, that block the reader's view of sexual activities taking place on furniture.

The British pop artist Allen Jones has designed erotic furniture.[10] His piece Hatstand, Table and Chair, consisting of scantily clad female mannequins converted to items of furniture, was first exhibited in 1970.[11]

In modern times erotic furniture continues to be produced mainly by small businesses rather than large scale manufacturers.[3]

Types

A spanking bench

Specifically designed furniture for erotic purposes can include:

See also

References

  1. ^ Sheumaker, Helen; Wajda, Shirley, eds. (2007). Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday Life. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 404. ISBN 9781576076484.
  2. ^ Rada, Alena (2021). Imposed Morality. Australian Self Publishing Group. p. 579. ISBN 9781925908626.
  3. ^ a b Miles, Lucy (22 July 2001). "Move over Ikea... this furniture's for you know what!; Erotic pieces designed for sex". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham, England – via The Free Library.
  4. ^ Powell, Helena Frith (2006). Be Incredibly Sexy: 52 brilliant ideas for sizzling sensuality. Infinite Ideas. pp. 59–60. ISBN 9781904902553.
  5. ^ Assante, Julia (2007). "The Lead Inlays of Tukulti-Ninurta I: Pornography as Imperial Strategy". In Cheng, Jack; Feldman, Marian (eds.). Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context. BRILL. p. 369. ISBN 9789047420859.
  6. ^ Catherine the Great: A Life From Beginning to End. Biographies of Women in History. Vol. 7. Hourly History. 2017. p. 31. ISBN 9781976378379.
  7. ^ Cryle, Peter Maxwell (2001). The Telling of the Act: Sexuality as Narrative in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century France. University of Delaware Press. p. 42. ISBN 9780874137484.
  8. ^ "On the trail of Edward VII's sex chair for threesomes". The Week UK. Archived from the original on 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  9. ^ Dirty Bertie's seat of pleasure, The Times, 17 January 2004
  10. ^ Dyson, James (2021). Invention: A Life. Simon and Schuster. p. 38. ISBN 9781982188429.
  11. ^ Gayford, Martin (8 October 2007). "Allen Jones: The day I turned down Stanley Kubrick". The Telegraph. London.
  12. ^ Aggrawal, Anil (2008). Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unusual Sexual Practices. CRC Press. ISBN 9781420043099.
  13. ^ Taormino, Tristan (2009-12-01). The Big Book of Sex Toys: From Vibrators and Dildos to Swings and Slings--Playful and Kinky Bedside Accessories That Make Your Sex Life Amazing. Quiver. ISBN 978-1-59233-355-4.
  14. ^ a b c Zane, Zachary (25 July 2022). "10 Pieces of Sex Furniture for When Beds Get Old". Men's Health.
  15. ^ "What is a Fisting Sling?". Kinkly. 22 January 2018.
  16. ^ Watson, Angela (8 February 2020). "Sex Glider Buyers Guide: The Best Monkey Rockers Available". Doctor Climax.
  17. ^ Strgar, Wendy. "Furnishing Your Love". Hitched. Archived from the original on 21 February 2020.
  18. ^ Dickson, EJ (9 July 2021). "Dave Lampert, Inventor of the Sybian Sex Aid, Dead at 90". Rolling Stone.

Bibliography

  • Kemper, Alfred M. (1972). Love Couches Design Criteria. Los Angeles. LCCN 75-36170. OCLC 3592145.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) (101 pages. Design criteria for assistive furniture, with sections on accommodation of disabled persons.)