Elena Tamburini’s Touch-Encouraging Furniture

Inspired by sex as taboo, especially among older people, Italian designer Elena Tamburini created Filotea—a collection of furniture that encourages physical affection whether solo or with another individual. The range includes several standout pieces: Otello is a mirror surrounded by feathers, which allows the user to caress their own face, and the Filomena is a body brush that stimulates the skin. Our favorite is the Alvise, a coffee table made to be placed between chairs, which encourages two seated people to hold hands across a pair of symmetrical cushioned armrests. With an Art Deco influence, the pieces are opulent (with lots of brass, glass and jewel tones) but functional with a delightful and important intention. Read more at Dezeen.