We can’t remember when we started mentally re-designing things in our heads; it’s been part of our thought process for years, made even more acute by ‘the improvised life’. We look at a design and mentally “try it on”, in an instant envisioning what it would be like to use actually use it, make it, change it. HACK IT.
When we saw Remodelista’s recent post about Commune designer Chau Truong’s cool bed base made from concrete blocks, we actually climbed into that bed – in our heads. We discovered that it has the major design flaw we wrote about a few weeks ago: bigger-than-the-mattress-platforms make it practically impossible to get in and out of bed without scraping your shin. And one made of concrete blocks would be especially painful. Yikes!
So we started our mental redesign: we’d use fewer blocks to place them exactly the footprint of the mattress (even if it meant spacing the blocks a bit, or using a different size). To reduce their massive weight, we’d arrange the blocks in a rectangle with a hidden piece of plywood resting on them to support the mattress. We’d also place furniture sliders on the bottom of each block to keep them from damaging the floor and making it easier to move the bed.
And we’d paint those blocks white to soften the aesthetic a bit and make them more sculptural…
…for a start…
What would you do?
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