This bed was built for Monkwells stand at Decorex, 'the' interiors trade only show, where we actually reproduced the interior of a Scandinavian log cabin, complete with a grass turf roof !.
However, grass turf on the roof for 5 days at a hot show would have seen the grass turn brown very quickly. So it had to be watered every day to keep it green. This in turn meant the roof became almost dangerously heavy! It is a testament to the solidity of the built-in bed we supplied that the bed supported the roof. Astro turf wasn't so common then!
Part of an C18th Norwegian style built-in bed, of a style that would have been found in many farm houses. The bed was produced with matching built-on dressers, a common practice on Scandinavian beds, for interiors where space was at a premium. These beds usually had curtains across the openings at night to stop draughts for the sleepers, making them very snug.
Further shots of the Norwegian suite, showing the dressers built on to the end of the bed. You could have both dressers as here, or a single dresser. Wardrobes and chests of drawers were also the other common pieces of furniture built onto beds.
This bed features a marble painted cornice, again a typical feature of Scandinavian furniture. The photo above shows a wild marble painted step for getting in & out of the bed.
Whilst this suite is highly ornate, painted blue grey with marbling and rosemaling painted panels, there is a simplicity and solidity about it, so typical of the best in Scandinavian furniture. As it is made to commission, size and colours can be to your choice. Also,there are a wide range of designs along these lines that we could produce for you, please enquire.
For the Monkwell stand at Decorex they asked us to produce 2 stand up figures, or a man & woman naively painted, to further display their fabrics. The large table, with 4 ornate corners, was for showing clients fabrics. RH photo of the bed under construction.
The photos below show various bed details. Close ups of the marble painted cornice, 2 carved bed brackets with beautiful shapes. The bottoms 3 photos show some of the Rosemalling painted panels. There wasn't time to antique this furniture as we often do, but it is still a tour de force in reproducing country furniture not seen for 150 years or more.