Sugar could be described as the fuel of the Gassmann industry. There are always packets of liquorice, fruit gums and caramels tucked behind the punching–machine or leaning against the resin. Often these delicacies are no larger than the cufflinks themselves and are in general just as colourful. Luckily, up until the present day, nobody has suffered from a bout of severe indigestion, but confectionary is a true addiction in the workshop. Unsurprisingly, the old fashioned sweet shop that opened downstairs hasn’t helped the situation.
During the opening sequence of each episode of the Simpson’s, the family’s brown sofa reveals the creative comic potential of this ingenious series. Le canapé vert (1944) is an oil painting by Belgian Surrealist Paul Delvaux, who presents his famous green seat surrounded by female nudes before an Acropolian landscape. Samuel Gassmann’s sofa is also green, conducive to contemplation, siestas and new horizons. Far from being an interchangeable element of the décor, the sofa is a centrepiece and perhaps even a creative stimulant.