Dirty Chairs

Am I the only one who finds these chairs both appealing and a little risque?

When I saw this picture of the White Rabbit Restaurant in Singapore I giggled. Or maybe tittered is a better word choice. The chairs are wearing stockings, for Pete's sake. I can't stop thinking of a footstool that once belonged to Madeleine Castaing that was supported by bared human legs in stockings and heels. I've searched for hours for an image, but it seems to have disappeared into the ether ... the story went that it came from a 19th century bordello.

Actually, I think this whole space has a certain Castaing vibe, or humor. The color, proportion, something about it strikes a chord. The search for the elusive footstool led me down a twisted path, and I fear I went through the entire Christie's catalog of her estate. Nutso, fantastic and awful all at once is all I have to say.

I mean, look at this thing:

An inkwell made from a fox head -- why not? And it sold for like 1100 BPS. I mean, I think it's sort of funny, but whatever would I do with an inkwell our cat Julius would probably try to groom? But maybe I could use it as a bargaining tool ... "Julius, you scratch that chair once more, and that's it! I'm making you into an inkwell!"

Briefly back to the chairs at White Rabbit: Another reason I love this scheme is its practicality: chair legs get dirty, especially in a restaurant. A fast and stylish solution, not to mention easy and cheap to copy.

White Rabbit spotted via an old post on yatzer.com. Fox inkwell via Christie's.


Daniel-Halifax said...

i love that she "tied up" her neck fat with the string that kept the wig on her head.
i see that in my future.

Anonymous said...

I love how the chairs are white but have a black bottom. Love that.

-Zane of ontario honey

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