Monday, September 22, 2008
The Russian Day-Bed was created in the first half of the 19th Century. It was created during the time of the arts and crafts movement. The headboard is tall and slightly curved around the mattress. It is completely constructed out of wood. It would be placed inside of a home, most likely in a bedroom but not necessarily because of its function as a Day Bed. The day bed has that feeling of hand crafted, with its excellent attention to detail and craft it definitely makes for a fantastic bed.
It is different to the Empress Josephine’s bed that was created in the Empire style designed by Napoleons decorators in 1810. This bed is so elaborate and rich with hangings where the Russian Day-Bed has so much more of an understated elegance to it. Also the Empress Josephine’s bed was also used for ceremonies as well as sleeping, the Russian Day-Bed was not.
The “Barcelona” daybed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe in Germany 1929 is a little more similar to the Russian daybed. One for the obvious reason they are both daybeds and therefore have the same function in a household. But they are constructed of different materials both seem to have that understated elegance about them that I mentioned before. Neither bed is extremely elaborate in the details that are put into it but if you look closely enough you know that they are definitely there.