I've been meaning to post about this for a week or two. I'd seen some cushions and they got me thinking. Now this isn't a post about decorating - sorry, I know there are people out there who would find that compelling blog material.
This is about icons and scatter cushions. I suppose you can imagine a cushion with fabulous embroidery and applique around an image of Elvis. You could even imagine iconic images of Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe on a (maudlin) teenage girl's collection of cushions.
If you are of a more radical frame of mind, you might want to consider planting your butt in a disrespectful fashion on the faces of dictators past and present. 'Take that Mugabe/Stalin/Hitler!' you'd mutter as you settled down to watch the latest episode of Grand Designs.
But would you ever, really, choose to put Anne Frank's image on a throw cushion?
Because that's what I saw this month in the window of a fabric shop on Wigmore Street in central London.
If you find photos of Anne Frank compelling - for reasons such as the pointlessness of her death and the vivid personality expressed in her diary - would you ever consider making yourself comfy on her image?
On the flip side, are anti-semitic, holocaust-deniers likely to adorn their sofas with her image?
The question is (in the style of Carrie Bradshaw) ... is there a time and place when an Anne Frank cushion is not just acceptable but the very best choice of all?