Sure it sounds hard to hang a piece of furniture but think of all the other benefits: saving space, preserving your floors and carrying less furniture pieces up the stairs in the first place. From beds and tables to chairs and bookshelves, Bertein Architecture has created an engaging set of tension-based suspended, hanging and floating furniture designs – ideal minimalist living and bedroom design accessories.
“People often ask how we come up with design that is so different. The design we come up with is based on the questions we ask: ‘Why must a chair have legs? Can a stair float in mid-air but not move at all? The assumptions of architecture are put aside in our design process. Developing new ways of thinking about walls, floors, structure, and space, is what we do best.”
The loft bed may be the best (if most simple and minimal) of their design explorations – four wires hung from the ceiling above are balanced by four wires from below that float the bed in place. Of course, you have to be careful not to trip on wire rope as you navigate the space – and adding a canopy might be a bit tricky.
The chair is rich and complex, using a series of supports from above and below that turn a series of semi-abstract lines and planes into a tightly-held suspended seat. The table and shelves use a combination of solid steel side supports and crisscrossing wires to hold glass surfaces in midair from all necessary directions.
“Robert Bernstein is a licensed architect with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also has a degree in Engineering from Cornell University. His designs have won awards and been published internationally. He has fabricated many of his designs, and managed the construction of many other of his designs. “
“Jacqueline Janecke serves as design consultant to Bernstein Architecture. She studied sculpture at the University of Wisconsin and is also a fine artist and garden designer.”