Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

The new collection of sustainable design beds on show at SFF

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Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep
03/02/2020 - In a reference to the inherent value of sleep, the Danish bed-manufacturer Re Beds is presenting a concept, where asceticism and simplicity is laying the foundation for a clearly defined expression. This philosophy is materialized in an award winning bed collection, whose design is rooted in the Scandinavian tradition, but also carries a notable connection to the Shakers' elementary understanding of life.

The collection consists of the two beds Alken and Veng, both designed by the duo Oliver & Lukas WeissKrogh. In the process of creating the beds they have removed everything that does not add value to the idea of rest. No unnecessary ornaments or functions but pure ascetic objects. They are carried by their clean lines – as simple as sleep itself.

A quiet refuge
Both Alken and Veng are manufactured in the Danish Lake Highlands with a sustainable philosophy in mind. The Beds are made of natural and regenerative materials but first and foremost Re Beds is concerned with the concept of sleep as something sustainable itself.

'There is a tendency to talk about sleep as an action, with the sole purpose of enabling us to perform better during the day. In this manner, sleep is being reduced into a task for a society overly concerned with the waking and effective individual, and thus undermines the actual meaning of sleep. Sleep is meant to be a place of peacefulness, a quiet refuge, and a place of no environmental impact. For this reason, sleep has a fundamental value in itself', Alexander Brunsø explains, who established Re Beds two years ago, with the ambition of honoring the very idea of sleep.

'Nowadays sleep has gradually been colonized by the day. We are sleeping less, and the bed industry is supporting this development, by encouraging activities that harm our sleeping environment. A feature such as mechanically adjustable beds, which is directly marketed for the possibility to either sit and be entertained or work in bed, is probably the most precise example of an industry that has sold its soul to the idea of constant productiveness.'

​As a response, Alexander Brunsø believes that the most essential aspect of working with beds should be the commitment to the idea of sleep as a counterculture.
 
We do not view the bed as a technologized living island but rather a materialization of rest. Our seeking is directly focused towards the aesthetics of calmness; that is our tribute to sleep” says Alexander Brunsø, who already has been confirmed in his beliefs – in 2019 the German Design Council awarded Re Beds as winner at the esteemed ICONIC AWARDS ceremony, for the Alken bed.
Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep

Re Beds: A Tribute to Sleep


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