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Design Behind Desire: The Sensuous Textures of Wanting Hardcover – December 6, 2011
Desire is one of the rare emotional states that falls between what should be praised and what should be disdained. It is evocative; desire suggests urgency and extremes, yet the word 'desire' must be elucidated before we can judge it. Our desire can encompass either the great biblical vices lust, gluttony, envy or today's virtues, like passion, enthusiasm and imagination. Design Behind Desire, a new book of art and design edited by Lisa Z. Morgan, co-creator of the lingerie line Strumpet and Pink, aims to address our ambiguous relationship with desire. The book is published by The Curated Collection, an imprint of Farameh Media, a publishing house whose female founder, the multi-lingual former television producer Patrice Farameh, is a rarity in the male-dominated world of art academia. It's easy to forget that until recently desire was banished from polite society, especially polite female society. To be desirous as a woman was to be wanton, and a threat. Morgan divides the book into three stages of desire: generation, contemplation and fulfillment. Each stage is explored through choice quotes from savants of literature and philosophy, and designs from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Coco de Mer and Fleet Illya. Even the cover of the book seems illicit: a torn slit in a silvery-nude cloth invites the reader to reach down onto the lace hardcover. In the chapter called 'fulfillment' readers uncover a secret book within the book, the "Cabinet of Desire," which features snippets of poetry, mythology and cruel eroticism presented within the frame of an ancient leather-bound tome. To appreciate the Cabinet of Desire, one must first experience the build-up of Morgan's carefully chosen artifacts and images, a small selection of which appear in the gallery above. --Interview Magazine
Design Behind Desire is a gorgeous erotic art book curated by Lisa Z. Morgan, co-creator of the couture lingerie line Strumpet and Pink. Published by Farameh Media, which was founded by Patrice Farameh, the book features designs by high-end fetish & erotic designers, including many of our favourites: Coco de Mer, Fleet Ilya, Betony Vernon & Aoi Kotsuhiroi. Accompanied by literary quotes, poems, interviews & what Interview Magazine calls cruel eroticism , the book is a must-have for all collectors & admirers of erotic art. --Juxtapoz
DESIGN BEHIND DESIRE uncovers the concepts that make up modern-day erotica. In the mix: The Bouroullec's Quilt, The Thing; chair and collages by Surface contributor Bruno Grizzo. --Surface Magazine
About the Author
LISA Z. MORGAN is an artist and co-founder of Strumpet & Pink. The subject and object of desire has been a palpable constant within her artistic, commercial and consultancy work both as a motivation and in it's embodiment or articulation. Through her creativity and research she questions how the value of provenance, of rarity and storytelling, puts into question or provokes our understanding and relationship towards desire and our personal measures of wanting.