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The Secret Art of Upholstery

Edited by Olaf Thormann
Edited by Thomas Rudi
Edited by GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts Leipzig


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  • Follow 400 years of upholstered furniture history chronologically
  • A new view of upholstered furniture and its cultural-historical importance
  • Includes an extensive glossary and bibliography
  • Accompanies an exhibition at Grassi Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig (DE), 24 November 2022 – 26 March 2023
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Upholstered pieces of furniture are familiar to all of us as more or less constant companions of everyday life. Upholstery is comfortable, it conveys security and promises comfort, it has a specific design, asserts or creates status and tells a (hi)story.

We rarely consider its interior. At the same time, a view into the hidden content of chairs and armchairs is a journey into secrets, into lashed and sprung constructions that prove to be unknown masterpieces of craftsmanship. Deep-Seated. The Secret Art of Upholstery explores furniture and its interiors and explains why upholstery is always also a part of cultural and social history.

With contributions by Thomas Andersch, Maximilian Busch, Cordula Fink, Thomas Rudi, Stefanie Seeberg, Thomas Schriefers, Xenia Schürmann, and a foreword by Olaf Thormann.

Text in English and German.

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Arnoldsche Art Publishers
14th Feb 2023
Paperback / softback
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East, China non-exclusive
297 mm x 210 mm
392 Pages
390 color
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