Erotic furniture, also known as sex furniture, is any form of furniture that is designed to act as an aid to sexual activity. Some examples function as a positioning tool, assisting with comfort, penetration level and stimulation. Others are constructed to be an aid to erotic bondage. The functionality may be obvious or the erotic furniture may be designed to appear as conventional furniture. While almost any furniture can be used to aid sexual activity, conventional furniture is not considered to be erotic furniture as its primary use is not erotic. Erotic furniture can also be furniture decorated with erotic art.
In ancient Assyria there are examples of furniture decorated with erotic reliefs dating to the 13th century BC.
In the 18th century, the Russian Empress Catherine the Great collected erotic furniture, including tables with penises for legs and other items carved in relief with penises and vulvas.
The 1791 French novel Les Délices de Coblentz describes beds that are designed to increase sexual pleasure by virtue of the elasticity of their springs.
The British King Edward VII, who was heavily overweight, used a specially constructed "love seat" (siege d'amour) when he visited the famous brothel, Le Chabanais in Paris. The piece still exists and a replica is exhibited at the Musée de l'Erotisme in Pigalle.
Edward Gorey's The Curious Sofa, (1961) is a neo-Victorian pseudo-porno satire described as a "pornographic illustrated story about furniture". The book consists of euphemistic illustrations with strategically deployed objects, such as potted plants and tree branches, that block the reader's view of sexual activities taking place on furniture.
The British pop artist Allen Jones has designed erotic furniture. His piece Hatstand, Table and Chair, consisting of scantily clad female mannequins converted to items of furniture, was first exhibited in 1970.
In modern times erotic furniture continues to be produced mainly by small businesses rather than large scale manufacturers.
Specifically designed furniture for erotic purposes can include:
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