Description (Object or Artwork):
The Mae West's Lips sofa was designed by Salvador Dali with Edward James around 1938, and made by Green & Abbott. It has a wooden carcase, upholstered in felted, woven wool fabric. Dali had first painted The Face of Mae West (usable as a Surrealist Apartment), in 1934. From May 1936, Edward James, Dali's patron and close friend at the time, collaborated with him on designing 'paranoiac-critical' interiors, furniture and objects, incongruously assembled, such as the Lobster Telephone. James was instrumental in having Mae West's lips made as a sofa, which has become a twentieth century icon. In the 1960s it was re-interpreted as the lips of Marilyn Monroe.