Forniphilia is a sub-set of bondage and sexual objectification in which a person's body is incorporated into a chair, table, cabinet or other piece of furniture. Allen Jones' sculptures Hat Stand and Table Sculpture, made in 1969, which show semi-naked women in the roles of furniture, is a classic example of the depiction of forniphilia as art. The House of Gord website often uses a more extreme form of forniphilia in its bondage.
Forniphilia is an extreme form of bondage because the subject is usually tightly bound and expected to stay immobile for an indefinite period of time. They are often gagged and/or placed in a position where there is a danger of being smothered. It is imperative that someone who puts anyone in such peril check their condition every few minutes.
A human chair from http://www.houseofgord.com
The term is derived from;
- forni- f. Old French furnir f. Roman, fornire; to furnish
- -philia f. Greek philos; love of, fondness for
Human Furniture Resources:
- House of Gord's forniphilia FAQ page
- Some examples of the human furniture theme in art