Dirty Furniture 6
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by Steve Watson in February 2024
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The design magazine that follows objects after they leave the showroom, Dirty Furniture focuses on a different designed object each issue. Over the years it has covered the couch, table, toilet, closet and phone, and its final issue focused on the bed, which we delivered to our subscribers in January 2024.

Anna Bates and Elizabeth Glickfeld.

Job title
Founders and editors.

What is Dirty Furniture?
Dirty Furniture is a different kind of design magazine. Each issue takes the theme of a piece of furniture and uses it as a launch pad to discuss topics ranging from psychology, sex and history to manufacturing, urbanism, technology… and the plain weird.

What makes it different from the rest?
Rather than focus on creation stories we are interested in the relationship between people and the things they live with.

Who makes Dirty Furniture?
Dirty Furniture is edited by Anna Bates and Elizabeth Glickfeld, who each have years of experience writing for prominent design magazines and teaching at design schools worldwide.

Who reads it?
People who are interested in design culture — from museum directors to students.

Why do you work in magazines?
Publishing these essays pushes us — each new issue surprises us and challenges how we think. It’s such a privilege to be able to do this. And as for the print factor — we still love the smell and allure of ink on a page. It’s just how we like to read.

Aside from the print magazine, what else are you involved in?
We both write, edit and teach.

What would you change about Dirty Furniture if you could?
We end up in junk mail for being ‘Dirty’ — but we do still love our name (and we seem to get through most of the time).

Where do you see Dirty Furniture in five years?
We think it will be hard to think of design in more traditional terms after we’ve run this series. We expect our approach to writing about design will live long beyond the magazine.

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