‘Bumper Bed’, by Marc Newson, for Domeau & Pérès
One of the lesser-known facts about Australian designer Marc Newson may be that until he conceived his playful ‘Bumper Bed’ in 1997, he slept on a mattress laid simply on the floor. Seventeen years on, the bed has finally been produced for the first time by design gallery and master crafts-maker Domeau & Pérès. Its wooden frame, into which a mattress is set, is filled with polyurethane foam, covered in buttery leather and encircled by a band in a matching shade or bright orange. ‘I thought it would give people like me the opportunity to transform their trusty mattress into a nice-looking bed,’ explains Newson. Each bed is made to size, signed and issued in a numbered edition, making it a true collectible.
Price on request, domeauperes.com. Now on display at the exhibition ‘Marc Newson: At Home’, Philadelphia Museum of Art, until 20 April 2014.
Photography: Victor Prado; Writer: Pei-Ru Keh