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Dirty Furniture

When design leaves the showroom

Dirty Furniture is an independent design magazine that uncovers the relationship between people and the things they live with. The magazine’s goal is to take a lateral approach to writing about design; we are as interested in what happens after an item leaves the showroom as in that which saw it arrive there. Dirty Furniture is conceived as a finite series of six, each taking a piece of furniture as its theme. Instead of dismissing furniture as a topic fit only for glossy lifestyle publications, Dirty Furniture instead uses it as a springboard to explore topics spanning politics, history, technology, psychology, manufacturing…and the plain weird.

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Anna Bates

Anna Bates is a London based independent design writer and critic. She is Contributing Editor of Icon magazine, where she previously worked as Design Editor, and writes for Abitare, Disegno, Domus, Form (De), Form (Se) and Frieze. She has taught at the Cass, London Met University and is currently teaching at Central Saint-Martins. She holds an MA in design criticism from the RCA.

Elizabeth Glickfeld

Elizabeth Glickfeld is a design writer based in London. She writes for Eye, Disegno, Design Issues, Domus and Frieze. She is currently also editor and project director for design curator Jane Withers. She was a lecturer in design history at Kingston University. She holds an MA in design criticism from the RCA and was a lecturer and tutor in design theory and history at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

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Peter Maxwell is a London-based design and architecture writer who has contributed to a wide range of publications on the arts, design and culture, including: Disegno, Space, Art Review, form, MARK, Onomatopee, ICON, Uncube, NOON, Grafik, Human Being Journal and Reading Design.  He holds an MA in design criticism from the RCA.

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