The latest “victim” of my NYT “Shopping With” column is interior/furniture/industrial designer, antique dealer and dog walker Steven Sclaroff. He is, hands down, one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Some choice quotes from him in the piece include “It’s clearly not going to match any of your furniture, unless you are the exceptional owner of a suite of furniture shaped like livestock.” In another, he referenced Gorey’s “curious sofa.” I had never heard of Gorey, or the sofa (in my head he was saying Curious George’s sofa – which I don’t remember either existing or, if so, being remarkable), so I looked it up.
Leave it to Steven to figure out a way to work in a porn reference in a footstool story.
I ordered the book. It’s only about 4 inches square and features illustrations and text by Mr. Gorey (some images are here). It is suggestive, it seems Victorian, it would be a great gift for the right person. And it is apparently a cult classic. Yours truly has just joined the cult.