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Backroom antics with Nigel Coates

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Architect, professor and provocateur Nigel Coates opened his South Kensington studio last week for a London Design Festival shindig

Those who made it past the bouncer and the champagne-quaffing designerati were treated to a unique spectacle at the back of the venue: an enormous saddle chair, described by its creator as an item of erotic furniture, accompanied by a vivid drawing depicting the exploits of Coates’ ‘Baroccabilly’, billed as ‘an imaginary rebel outsider who finds himself lost in Baudelaire’s luxe-calme-volupté’.

When quizzed about the seemingly arbitrary distinction between the titles ‘architect’ and ‘designer’, Coates replied: ‘I suppose it depends on who’s paying.’

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