Our bed is perhaps the most important piece of furniture in our home. Without it, we won’t get that regular night’s sleep we need to live our day to day lives. A bed is our refuge, a human recharging station where we go to recover the lost energies of our waking hours.
With this in mind, let’s celebrate this essential piece of furniture that, let’s face it, we’d be very different people without.
Most Expensive Bed
The most expensive bed is the result of a collaboration by Italy’s Fratelli Basile Interiors and British designer Stuart Hughes. The Baldacchino Supreme is crafted from the highest grade ash, the bed itself is hand made, including 107 kilograms of solid 24 carat gold. It has also been upholstered with the finest Italian silk. The bed has been finished with opulent gold leaf embellishments, and if you so choose, you can have the headboard customised with diamonds. The price tag? If you have £4 million pounds burning a hole in your pocket, this could be the perfect purchase, although you might’ve missed the boat as only two Baldacchino Supreme have been made worldwide.
When someone calls their latest designer creation the Extreme UlraKing Bed, you know it’s going to be pretty sizeable. This bed is wider than it is long, measuring 12 foot across by 10 foot. I’m not really sure why a four plus person bed would be a good idea. Ahem… Anyway, it’s not all about the sheer size of the bed. Because of its size, it needs a little more in the way of support and comfort. It’s made up of lamb’s wool, natural latex and constructed from extra-dense coil.
We’re often sold beds on the promise that it would be like resting on a cushion of air. The thing is, Dutch designer Janjaap Ruijssenaars has literally achieved this. The Magnetic Floating Bed uses magnetism to keep it afloat; in fact, it uses enough magnets to help the 900kg construction, and its hovering sleepers up in the air. The downside to the Magnetic Floating bed is that it can be prone to wandering off, due to breezes or general movement, so it has to be tethered to the bedroom walls by four cables.
It seems that the first inclination of wanting a more comfortable sleep happened some 77,000 years ago. Archaeologists found this ancient bed in South Africa, although the term ‘bed’ is perhaps a little flattering. These sleeping mats were made up of layers of grasses, rushes, sedges and other compacted vegetation. Perhaps the most interesting thing about these ancient beds is that much of the bed’s make up was from the Cryptocarya plant. This plant is known for keeping mosquitoes away, as well having other medicinal qualities. Comfort and healthcare in one!
Most Famous Bed
In 1969, the Amsterdam Hilton saw one of the most significant peace protests of the decade. While there were many violent riots and confrontations, one protest reflected the peace it wished to promote. On the 25th of March, the first day of their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their ‘bed-in’. Until 31st March 1969, the couple received visits from photographers and journalists as they protested against the Vietnam war. The images from room 1902 are among the most famous of Lennon’s career. You can book the room, which has been renamed ’702′ or the ‘John & Yoko Suite’ at a rate of 1,750 euros a night.
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