Coraggio in the Press
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On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, works by Linus Coraggio were featured in the photo triptych that accompanied the New York Times’ coverage of the opening of the new Buddy Warren Inc. shop at 171 Chrystie St. on the Lower East Side.
Five Coraggio pieces were included in the photograph:
- “King Chess Set” Chair
- “Action Figure” Mirror
- “Queen Chess Set” Chair
- “White Copper and Black Sun Queen” Chess Set
- “Glass Wheel” Chopper
This photo of Coraggio’s “Suction-Cup” Chair was on the cover of one of Time Out New York's earliest issues. This was his first Time Out cover, but his second appearance in the magazine within its first three months of operation.
…wherein the article’s author refers to Coraggio as a “detrital designer.”
“I'd like to weld a hundred missiles into a Ferris wheel.”
In this feature page in the style-and-home magazine Domino, the author touts the brisk sales of Linus’ furniture at Barney’s New York
“My first pieces weren't very comfortable; but I learned to put the ornamental touches away from where the body would rest.”
An overview of Coraggio's furniture pieces in Hi Fashion (roughly the Japanese equivalent of Vogue magazine).
Rolling your mouse over the article, you will find an enlargement of Coraggio’s “The Memory,” accompanied by a Japanese translation of his comments on the dual-chair piece (from the center of the right-hand page).
In the middle of the right-hand page, you will see Coraggio’s “The Memory,” accompanied by a Japanese translation of his comments on the dual-chair piece:
Translating it back to English, we get:
“Although I am relatively interested in politics, I don't want to impose my views. To me, this work expresses a particularly Jewish feeling of being chained to the memory of Nazism.”
In 1988, House & Garden magazine ran a series called “Chair of the Month” in which they paired a celebrated writer with a chair chosen by the magazine staff and had him or her write about the chair.
Coraggio’s “East Village Gothic” chair got matched with no less than Joyce Carol Oates—one of the most distinguished figures in American literature!
Linus met her years later.
She remembered the chair.
A nice profile by Suzanne Slesin for The New York Times.
Of Coraggio’s artworks, she writes, “sometimes tough and predatory-looking, they can also be lyrical and romantic.”
She also makes specific mention of Coraggio’s “Hammer & Sickle” Chair.
“[some of my chairs] have got to be uncomfortable—people in New York don't sit down very long anyway.”
Click here to read article on The New York Times’ website.