The daybed – an everyday essential
At this time of year, the focus inevitably shifts to spending more time indoors. As a piece of furniture, the daybed owes its enduring popularity to a winning mix of elegance and solid practicality. On the one hand, it exudes a certain chic and seems designed to accommodate a particularly sophisticated mode of lounging. Unsurprising then this refined piece of furniture was explored to great effect by arch-modernists such as Eileen Grey and Mies van der Rohe.
Paring the sofa back to its essential elements as a practical machine for living, the day bed was a furniture type perfectly tuned to the modernist sensibility.
The Barcelona Day Bed designed by Mies for his German Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona international exhibition, for example, is a true design icon and one of the most celebrated and coveted pieces of twentieth-century furniture to this day.
Ole Wanscher’s OW150 day bed, designed for Carl Hansen in 1949, is similarly purist in approach, distilling the day bed to a series of simple forms crafted and finished to the very highest standards.
By contrast, William Plunkett’s Kingston Day Bed of 1967 pursued the same elemental refinement but blended it with an expressive quality which is wholly characteristic of its decade.
At the same time, however, the daybed has a very warm and homely appeal and has been a staple of Scandinavian interiors for decades.
With its clean lines, finely-turned solid wooden base and mattress and bolster hand-crafted using organic coir and lambswool, Daybed One is a rigorously practical and multi-tasking piece of furniture which also happens to be extremely easy on the eye.
A big part of the day bed’s popularity is the fact that it takes up less space than many sofas. Consequently, it can be fitted into small or awkward spots where a conventional sofa simply wouldn’t work.
By day it serves as a comfortable place to sit and chat, read a book or nap, and its base even doubles as a coffee table.
And by night, it provides an extra bed for guests or family members. However, unlike even the most comfortable conventional sofa, Daybed One provides a surface which is actually designed to be slept on. The mattress can also be replaced, should you so wish – a degree of flexibility not afforded by the standard sofa.
This unique combination of design integrity and adaptability makes Daybed One a contemporary classic and ensures that the daybed continues to be a much-loved addition to living spaces worldwide.