Defenestration : House of Falling Furniture

Defenestration : House of Falling Furniture

Called “DEFENESTRATION” the abandoned four-story tenement building sitting at the corner of 6th st. and howard st. in San Fransiscio, California has been a sculptural mural since 1997. This multi-disciplinary sculptural mural involves seemingly animated furniture : tables, chairs, lamps, grandfather clocks, a refrigerator, and couches, their bodies bent like centipedes, fastened to the walls and window-sills, their insect-like legs seeming to grasp the surfaces.

Against society’s expectations, these everyday objects flood out of windows like escapees, out onto available ledges, up and down the walls, onto the fire escapes and off the roof.”DEFENESTRATION” was created with the help of over 100 volunteers. The concept of “DEFENESTRATION”, a word literally meaning “to throw out of a window,” is embodied by the both the site and staging of this installation. Finally I can say that if you have some time and you don’t know what to do and a few pieces of old furniture you can also create a project similar with this, and get some attention.



  • Laura S. Taylor July 8, 2008 at 15:52 PMLogin to Reply →

    this is great! hopefully someone will rennovate the place and use
    use it’s sculptural charm to attract new tenants. i hate to see
    these things go to waste

  • JUST COOL Design Blog July 8, 2008 at 23:30 PMLogin to Reply →

    what a riot! now i have a name for what i can do with the old furniture on my back porch although i dont think my neighbors will be too happy with it. great post and what a cool cool building!

  • CrazyLady July 9, 2008 at 15:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    The chairs hanging from the walls and windows are just crazy cool!

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  • Down Pillow July 10, 2008 at 02:46 AMLogin to Reply →

    That is so cool – I just can’t believe there is a property not rented out in san fran :-)

    I’d be so nervous if I walked near that property thinking something will clunk me on the head.

  • Sue July 10, 2008 at 08:44 AMLogin to Reply →

    The concept is indeed a cool one, but somehow that is not enough
    to make the piece work for me…
    I do love the individual pieces of furniture and how they are
    animated … its the whole thats leaving me cold.

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  • Brian July 11, 2008 at 07:03 AMLogin to Reply →

    The building had a “for sale” sign on it a while ago. When I saw that, I commented that it’s already furnished!

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  • Rick @ Antique Clocks July 11, 2009 at 01:56 AMLogin to Reply →

    I really enjoy reading your blog! I always learn something new.

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  • 6 month old baby March 29, 2011 at 20:34 PMLogin to Reply →

    throwing furniture is fun. Once i get rid of my piano