Design ≠ Art

Tom Sachs' Bitch Lounge

In 1999, Tom Sachs designed and produced the Bitch Lounge in collaboration with Nest Magazine. Though the form is inspired by the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Florence Knoll, the functionality of Sachs' creation is difficult to pin down. Falling somewhere between a chaise and a bed, the Bitch Lounge invites the user to reconsider how one sits. 

Sachs’ Bitch Lounge also defies clear categorization when it comes to understanding it as a work or art or a work of design. This ambiguity led to its inclusion in the Cooper-Hewitt 2004 exhibition <i>Design ≠ Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread</i> where the curators explored the distinctions, if any, between fine and applied arts.