Friday, December 6, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: Sigmund Freud had an awesome couch

Could you imagine a better place to contemplate the meaning of life and other deep thoughts? Do you want to become one with your inner self and urges and be one with the world? Well there is no better place than the couch of Sigmund Freud. 

The couch has actually had a rough life. Being born and raised in Bergasse, Vienna the homestead of the celebrated father of psychoanalysis the couch enjoyed a wonderful homelife. 

The couch had the imperative to enjoy such varied and famous patients as novelist Hilda Doolittle, who feared that a second World War was about to happen, which turned out to be a valid concern. The Rat Man, a young lawyer obsessed with rats and the Wolf Man Sergei Pankejeff, who had dreams about wolves in his childhood a manifestation of his depression.

The couch continued travelling to London with Freud and found its final resting place in the London home now turned museum. 

As a celebration of Freud´s 157th birthday the museum made a public call to fund restoring the upholstery for a mere £ 5000. The slogan for the couch still stands today: "possibly the most famous piece of furniture in the world"

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