Lena Dunham Realizes $24,000 Sofa Is Too Expensive


You may recall that Miranda July is doing an email art project this summer in which a select group of people she knows release random, boring emails they’ve sent to people in their inner circle to the general public. This week’s batch of words are about money; through them, we learned that Kirsten Dunst recently sold a car, Sheila Heti had some problems pitching a story to Glamour and Lena Dunham chose not to buy a very expensive Swedish couch.

In April, Dunham decided that the famous Liljevalch sofa (pictured above, though we’re guessing she was looking for a different color or pattern) was out of her price range.

decided it’s just too expensive:)
>>>On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM, LD Assistant <> wrote:
TOTAL TIMEFRAME: 10 Weeks to make it, 6-10 weeks to ship it from Sweden.16-20 weeks
The price to make the Liljevalch Sofa is $14,878.93 plus the fabric which is $283.56 per meter and we would need 20 meters of fabric. So the entire cost of the couch would be $20,554.39.
Shipping the sofa: It will take between 16 and 20 weeks to make and ship the sofa to us (from Sweden and will cost $3,080.85, plus $400.00 in customs charges.
whenever you pick the fabric I can order for you! 🙂 xox

Also in April, Kirsten Dunst sent this message from her iPhone:

Subject: Hi Sandy
My friend Jessica is buying my car for 7,000 I gave her your info for payments. She’s going to pay 2,000 up front and then pay the rest as fast as she can. Don’t know the paper work involved, but Warren mentioned he had something.

And in 2009, Sheila Heti wasn’t doing nearly as well as she is now:

“Well, you are asking the wrong person about how to make money. I have less than $1000 in the bank and no credit card debt and no savings. I am hoping that my new book will sell in the States and elsewhere in the new year to save me.

I tried to pitch a story to Glamour (sort of the DOs and DON’Ts of
setting up your friends) and while they finally accepted it, they kept
making it shorter and shorter. I don’t know how much I’m going to get
from it in the end, but I figure, who has more money than American
women’s magazines? I don’t have an endless supply of ideas for that
genre, though.

I spent several months in the fall working as a temp. I am loathe to
take in a tenant in the extra room in my apartment, which is, anyway,
only $1000.”

Celebs, They’re Not Just Like Us: Week 1 is officially complete.

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