Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Golden Bed

The Golden Bed was designed by William Burges in 1879. It is made out of carved wood for stability and to provide ornamental detail. It is also gilded, which gives the piece its vibrant gold color. Burges went even further in decorating the bed by painting and stenciling figures onto the headboard. This piece was designed for his medieval art inspired guest room. The bedposts are embellished in detailed carvings that look much like medieval secular architecture. Its design is repetitive ornamentation to it; for example the foot of the bed contains many posts that look like columns along with a repetitive spindles with notches along the sides of the bed frame.

The Golden bed shares many of the same concepts as the Biscuit Tin. The Buscuit tin is made out of tin plate, but its design borrowed the idea from the 19th century Islamic table with was made out of carved wood and inlaid with ivory. It is very interesting to see a piece that uses the same manufacturing idea, but with a different material. Instead of painting the design onto the tin plate, the image was printed.

Le Corbusier Petit Loveseat LC2 and the Golden bed do not have very much in common. The Golden bed has a very solidified frame that is the main part to the bed, whereas the loveseats outstanding feature is the actual cushions instead of the frame. There is no ornamentation in the loveseat; the design is very straightforward and modern.

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