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Prominent Furniture Designers Who Identify as LGBTQ
Furniture design is a niche area of product design for the home and office environment. The profession attracts individuals with a range of artistic sensibilities, from simple and clean to flamboyant and eye-catching. LGBTQ individuals have a notable presence within the profession. After all, the popular expression 'coming out of the closet' itself combines the process of declaring one's sexual identity through a piece of furniture.
There are several questions that can be asked of LGBTQ furniture designers. Is there a unique LGBTQ design aesthetic for furniture? What does queer furniture look like, and what does it mean to make a room comfortable for someone who identifies as LGBTQ? Does sexual identity inform an individual's relationship to the objects that surround them? These are general questions that are difficult to answer specifically, but within the profession itself they are ones that the designer is always attempting to answer. It is the queer designer's desire to attract an audience and clientele for their artistic work, so the context is always in the product even though there may be no confirmed relationship between design and sexuality.
LGBTQ designers are closely related to the Interior Design profession and the fashion industry. Several prominent clothing designers have extended their influence to furniture design, notably France's Yves Saint Laurent. Transgender designer Sawyer DeVuyst has made a noteworthy mark in both his furniture and clothing designs. Prominent retail distributors of their furniture design include America's Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, and Germany's Gero Furchheim of the Cairo chain of stores.
Britain's famed furniture designer Charles Robert Ashbee is considered the father of the Arts & Craft movement.
We have identified notable LGBTQ furniture designers from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States. To read more and see the complete list, click here
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Despite adversity and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals have excelled throughout history. Yet historians and academics have conveniently participated in the heterosexist erasure of these LGBTQ contributions by omitting the LGBTQ status of prominent historical figures from academic and historical documents. Accordingly, there are relatively few comprehensive projects which document and showcase the influence of these LGBTQ efforts.
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A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages
Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.
Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.
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