After the Lips of Mae West

Photo of Mae West used by Dali for Mae West’s Face, 1934


Mae West’s Face which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment, Salvador Dalí, 1934–35


The Mae West Lips Sofa (1937) is a surrealist sofa by Salvador Dalí. The wood-and-satin sofa was shaped after the lips of actress Mae West, whom Dalí apparently found fascinating. Mae West’s Lips Sofa. Edward James, a rich British patron of the Surrealists in the 1930s, commissioned this piece from Dalí in 1936


View of the Mae West room at the Dalí Museum in Figueres


Photograph taken by Oriol Maspons at the artist’s home in Port Lligat, 1975


The precedent for the furniture designed by Salvador Dalí, for which Bd Ediciones de Diseño has the exclusive world marketing rights, is the famous sofa in the shape of a mouth which the artist created together with Spanish arquitect Óscar Tusquets and French designer Jean-Michel Frank in 1972 for the Mae West room at the Dalí Museum


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