❚ FLOATING BEDS ❚
Design That particular project took around 15 years to complete – and out of it came a world first in cat litter: a fine grain, organic litter made from a by-product particle from the carpet cleaning product. Craig is also the brains behind a unique cork stopper for champagne bottles which keeps the champers fully fizzing for a week. It may well have been an invention he turned to himself last December when, after launching the levitating bed at 100% Design in September he was invited to enter the ‘Hotel Sleep Set’ awards in December and create an ideal hotel room. From hundreds of initial applicants his floating bed won the day. Since then the Exo bed has been mainly specified by architects and designers but will be launched to the consumer this month at Grand Designs Live! London. Although essentially a clever piece of engineering which uses a support structure attached to the wall (even plasterboard ones) or floor - onto which the bed itself slides, Craig’s bed relies as much on special lighting as it does on mechanics to create the full illusion. Channels built in to the all-aluminium structure house LED lights that cast a magical glow underneath the bed, enhancing the appearance of a bed floating on air. Available in 16 million different colours (not a mistake, there are apparently that many!), the user can control the lighting from their phone or iPad. There is also a channel down the middle of the bed where there is an option to incorporate UV LED lighting which shines on
The Exo bed is guaranteed to hold a minimum weight of 750kg the base of the bed killing any bugs and mites and making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Proud of the fact that every extrusion, material and component is sourced in the UK,
"It has been my first venture in to the world of furniture and now that we have developed the supporting mechanism, the principle could be applied to everything from sofas to tables and chairs" Craig makes the Exo to order at his facility in Kent using 100% recycled aluminium – he’s even worked out that it takes precisely 3,867 used soft drinks cans to make each bed. And despite its apparent ‘fragility’ the bed
Craig was awarded a design grant in June 2014 to help him develop his floating bed
is guaranteed to hold a minimum weight of 750kg but has tested successfully for up to 2,000kg. Each one is custom built and can accommodate not only any size or type of mattress but any type of covering too. Said Craig: “The aluminium frame can be wrapped in any type of graphic – so a child, for example, could have one featuring their favourite character or idol. Adults might want theirs wrapped in a fabric, leather or even carbon fibre.” As well as the Exo bed, there’s a more moveable version for children – the Meso which has Perspex legs to create the illusion of floating. The leg height can be increased as they grow and, as with the Exo, comes with remote controlled, under bed lighting that banishes any thoughts of scary monsters lurking below. “It has been my first venture in to the world of furniture and now that we have developed the supporting mechanism, the principle could be applied to everything from sofas to tables and chairs," explains Craig. “Ultimately everything in the room could be taken off the floor – which has major implications for the NHS or restaurants or anywhere else that needs to keep floors clean and sterile. “It is also a great concept for homes – particularly modern ones which are getting smaller and smaller – as floating furniture makes a room look a lot bigger.” Said to be very simple to install, the floating bed retails from around £2,000, depending on size and spec – a price tag that doesn’t seem to have deterred enquiries from the better end leisure sector for significant orders. An official launch to the hotel industry is planned at Dubai in October. Craig muses: “I had no idea when I set out making these that things would take off quite so quickly but we’ve taken the bed from being a place of sleep to being an exciting piece of furniture. I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response.” One could almost say it has been pure magic.
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