Too Big for Santa's Sleigh
The warm, mellow hand-hammered brass and intricate carving drew me in...
but the canopy made me sigh. What a perfect spot for a Samarkand sighting. This vintage Indian bed, currently for sale at Hollywood at Home, is like a slightly more laid-back cousin of dramatic four-posters that we've loved in the past.
John Robshaw's German silver bed used by Michael Smith with Ankasa's embroidered canopy. (Photo by Simon Upton, Elle Decor October 2009.)
Bunny Williams' 1930s bed with exquisitely embroidered Indian headboard (Photo by Pieter Estersohn, Elle Decor.)
The circa 1754 Badminton bed, believed to have been designed by craftsman John Linnell for the Duchess of Beaufort, was inspired by Chinese pagodas not the Indian aesthetic, but it belongs to the club of bold beds that are always the star of any room. You may remember from a past post that Smith designed for a California client a high-impact piece based on the Badminton.
Photo of the Smith bedroom, above, by Michael Mundy, as seen in California Style Magazine. The interior is also featured in Michael Smith Elements of Style. The Badminton bed belongs to the V & A. (Image ©the V & A.)
And then there was the Claydon-esque bed in Mary McDonald's project for the 2003 House Beautiful showhouse benefiting Children's Action Network.
(Image above, Claydon House ©Britain's National Trust.)
Indian flair in Charleston, South Carolina. Amelia Handegan chose a turquoise sari for a traditional Western bed published in Southern Accents.
Handegan's own four-poster photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Southern Accents, 2009.
Related past post: The Garrick Bed.