Do you think you could get a good night’s sleep on the same surface where you do all of your work? Some of us would love nothing more than to be able to nap on our desks, while the rest of us might fear having nightmares about spreadsheets and other work tasks. But wherever you stand, you’ll agree that the ‘Workbed’ by designer Mira Schroder takes the work/sleep concept in a beautiful direction.
This custom wooden piece starts out as an ordinary-looking desk, but with the push of a button, the surface flips to reveal a mattress. Special latches keep the bedding from falling out when it’s upside-down. Once flipped, it’s a narrow sleeping surface for one with a nightstand at one end.
It’s easy to imagine a surface like this working nicely as an additional sleeping option in a combination guest room/office, or a tempting place to relax for people who work long hours or deal with an arduous commute.
Schroder designed the piece for her own apartment in Berlin. In fact, her apartment is essentially a showroom – it’s both a personal living space and a shop called BLESS HOME, and it’s full of curious objects that do things you wouldn’t expect. All of the items seen in the home are available for purchase.
“What young child doesn’t dream of spending a night hidden in a cabinet of curiosities, surrounded by wonderful objects and undiscovered adventures? Mira Schröder considers herself lucky to be able to keep living such a dream.”
“While completing her studies in Karlsruhe, the ‘Berliner by choice’ met Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss, who since 1997 have been transforming observations into ideas under the name BLESS, constantly inspiring and puzzling their audience as they go. Working with the designer duo was a ‘natural step,’ according to Mira. In fact, when Ines and Desiree decided to move against the logic of conventional sales and position their products in a real, lived-in habitat, Mira didn’t hesitate to support the concept of BLESS HOME.”
“It has been three years since Mira moved into the BLESS HOME, which, tucked away in a courtyard on Oderberger Straße, functions as both a personal home and shop.Twice a week and by appointment, Mira Schröder opens the gates to this unique sales adventure for clients and curious visitors. It is here that the border between commercial or practical value and conventional art seems to vanish. Curious looks from passers by and bittersweet partings with favourite objects are integral parts of Mira’s everyday life.”