Ahye is a bed, created by Seoul based designers Jaekyoung Kim and Hyunjin Seo of Kamkam. The shape of the piece was inspired by the traditional Korean shoe design. The flexible elevated edges of the bed can be reattached and reshaped to create a smaller cocoon for a child and a seat for a parent. As the child grows bigger, the edges can be rearranged to create more space. The Ahye bed is part of a larger collection, called Protection. Here is how the designers explain the concept: Our intention is to revive the aesthetics of tradition and take care of children, the users of the furniture. This bed is designed after curves of unhye and danghye, traditional Korean shoes, allowing children to sleep alone feeling as if they are in the warm protection and tender love of their mothers. I like how the traditional shape is reinvented in this piece, contributing to a stunning modern design. Photography by Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation.
Temple is a great modern version of a four poster bed, designed by the Swedish trio Claesson Koivisto Rune for the Italian manufacturer Cinova. I never really liked four poster beds, but in this case the vision is completely fresh and light, using a simple asymmetry to make the design more attractive and dynamic. Temple is made in honeycomb panels with veneer in ash polished natural wood, or dyed in colors wengè or white, and the upper closing ceiling is in cotton.
The Berlin-based Metrofarm studio created this bold walnut veneered double bed. The bed was designed with a double function in mind: to be used as a lounge chair as well as a bed. The angle at the headrest allows you to go into an optimal chill position, as Metrofarm themselves describe it. If the double bed is too much for you, there’s also a single bed, which is open on one side.
This bed, the 21 Street Bed, seems to exist of nothing more than 4 parts: a headboard, a plank holding the mattress, and two pieces of wood keeping it off of the ground. All made out of honest oak. Beneath the mattress the designer had to add some necessary details, but designed all of them which great taste and care; signs of true craftmanship. The 21 Street Bed was designed by New Yorker Zach Hadlock, owner of Platform. He designs and produces his own furniture, but also works for interior designers to create one-off pieces.
After years of hard work, Dutch architect/inventor Janjaap Ruijssenaars was finally able to realise his longlast dream: beat gravity. He created Falling Up, the floating bed. Magnets placed in the bed push away from magnets placed in the floor, thus causing the bed to float in the air. Thin cables attached to the floor keep the bed in a steady position. Price: $ 1,500,000.-. Ouch!
These simple pieces of modern furniture produced by Austrian design group Decarus are more than just good design: they tell a story. While most designers paint their pieces to increase aesthetics, Decarus allows the wood to speak for itself resulting in a collection who’s features reflect the history of its 150 year old source wood. Through their refined approach, Decarus hopes to impart their core philosophy: that life is based on timeless values.
After Bruno Fattorini became president at MDF Italia in 1992, their leitmotiv changed to ‘developing for precise life styles’. Sounds mighty interesting, but the Aluminium bed series (which he designed personally) a wonderful visual illustration of this approach. These beds show the aesthetic purity of extremely simple shapes. Fattorini’s rational minimalism deduced the bed to its archetypical qualities, but without ‘undesigning’ it. All elements seem of the perfect length and thickness, and the result is of a beautiful coherent balance.
This beautiful bed, Eleen, comes from the collection of MDF Italia. It is designed by Austrian designer duo Nada Nasrallah & Christian Horner, a.k.a. Soda Designers. The bed has an adjustable headrest and comes in a range of colours.