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Go Ahead, Sit on This Famous Brillo Box (for $300)

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Go Ahead, Sit on This Famous Brillo Box (for $300)
A pile of Brillo box poufs, after Andy Warhol's famous 1964 sculpture

Here’s why this Brillo Box Pouf (after Andy Warhol) is worth sitting on:

 

1. Andy Warhol first exhibited his Brillo box sculptures stacked floor-to-ceiling at Stable Gallery in 1964. The installation infuriated critics, dumbfounded by its mundane, machine-made appearance during a time when gestural Abstract Expressionist paintings were considered avant-garde. The philosopher Arthur Danto went so far as say the boxes heralded "the end of art." Now, of course, we see Warhol’s use of everyday commercial objects as the most revolutionary breakthrough in art since Duchamp’s urinal.

 

2. Warhol is probably the best-known artist of the 20th Century—and also one of the priciest. A single Brillo box can sell for nearly $1 million at auction. Luckily for us, the Andy Warhol Foundation has teamed up with Quinze & Milan to pay playful tribute to the artist's sculptural masterpiece with this mind-bending, child-friendly (and very giftable) pouf that's quintessentially Warhol.

 

3. It’s art and it’s furniture! Made of museum-quality supportive foam and silkscreened by hand, this versatile cube can function as a side table, an ottoman, or even a seat. Why not make art truly useful—and put your butt on it!

 

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