Saturday, September 20, 2008
. The form above has a mass of materials that include glass, a mirror placement and a primary use of solid oak wood. The glass that is use is in the bookcase headboard as part of the cabinets. The placement of the mirror is between the two shelving and storage areas, which also seems to be the center of the entire bed, implying symmetry and balance. Along with symmetry as you can see the mirror divides the shelving leaving two shelving spaces and one cabinet space on either side of it. With in the cabinets there are reading lights, which give the gesture that the headboard can be storage for books and that one can read in bed without a primary source of light. As far as the geometry there is a repetitive use of a rectilinear shapes, one large one to make the frame of the bed in which a person lies. The others are small rectilinear elements that are arranged to make the shelving and storage areas. This bed is considered a waterbed, however it seems very unusual that it also has a mattress system. To give a little history about the waterbed and the mattress system, the first water bed was said to be “goat skin filled with water which was used in Persia more than 3,600 years ago. And in 1873, Sir James Paget presented a more modernized waterbed in a hospital. The invention was used to prevent ulcers and bedsores at that time. The characteristic of the bed was described as a very larger hot water bottle.” However, “[the] mattress was in the 1600’s has filling of soft materials such as straw or sometimes wool that was covered in cheap fabric. Later in the mid 18th century the covering materials was a better quality linen or cotton.You can view this history information by clicking here.