To bed with crystals
Heavily influenced by boutique hotel design, domestic interiors are seeing a growing emphasis on the bedroom.
nd what’s not to love about a generous space with a magnificent centrepiece bed, showcased by well-chosen furniture and accessories? For interior designers, this means that bedrooms have become an area where the professional eye is very much in demand. Leading bed specialist And So To Bed’s first shop opened on London’s Kings Road more than 40 years ago. It was founded by one of Britain’s leading antique bed dealers who, facing a shortage of vintage pieces, started to manufacture his own. Since then, the company has built its niche recreating important designs from the past and introducing pieces with classic contemporary flair. Offering a bespoke capacity, the company has always worked closely with interior designers and the Kings Road flagship store, in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter, has just opened a dedicated meeting area for professional designers. And So To Bed’s creative team has INEX-ONLINE.COM
always found inspiration in historical designs; from the iconic Louis Philippe litw bateau and Gothic four posters to brass Victorian bedsteads. They often reconfigure traditional designs so that they work in modern bedrooms and with modern mattresses too. Nowhere has this been more important than in the issue of size. Vintage beds are
Images: The glittering ‘Grand Versailles’ by And So To Bed
small in length and width, whereas today the fashion is for ever-larger sleeping arrangements. The 6ft wide SuperKing has become a very popular size and in response to customer demand, And So To Bed often translate their designs into the 6ft 5in. Emperor and even into the 7ft Large Emperor. They are not shy of design evolution either. Several of And So To Bed’s most spectacular largescale designs are fusions of old and new such as the clubby ‘Churchill’, inspired by a wing-backed armchair and the glittering ‘Grand Versailles’ encrusted in Swarovski crystals. The bed may be centre stage, but it needs a supporting cast. And So To Bed also make bedsides, armoires, chests and dressing tables – as well as many smaller accessories including chairs, mirrors and lamps. With looks ranging from Art Deco to the versatile ‘Eclectic’ collection, there is a portfolio of coordinated elements. This underlines the new emphasis on bedrooms being put together to achieve the coherent, glamorous looks seen in boutique hotels and interiors magazines. Inspired by properties such as Soho House, people now devote ever larger spaces to their bedrooms at home, especially the master bedroom suite where they want a luxurious personal sanctuary. andsotobed.co.uk «
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