In ancient times (8000 BC), one could find rest at the end of a long workday on a pile of straw and a heap of palm leaves. It wasn’t until the ancient Egyptians that we begin to see the first beds that even closely resemble the sort of frames and raised surfaces that we see and enjoy today. Elite Egyptians had raised beds, accessible by steps with mounds of pillows to cozy into and curtains to hang around, and pharaohs and queens even had beds made of wood that were ornately carved with hieroglyphics. King Tutankhamun’s bed was gilded in gold.

King Tut’s Gold Gilded Bed

Needless to say,  we have come a very long way with designing beds. Following are some of the best bed designs on the market today. They reflect luxurious comfort, unique designs, innovative thinking and sheer genius. Just writing this makes me want to crawl into my own bed.

Atelier NYC Bridge Bed

Atelier brings us Bridge, a contemporary bed that offers exceedingly advanced quality, functionality, comfort and invention. This makes the best of interior design list because of its sleek reinterpretation of a familiar form, with added functionality. The headboards are completely adjustable and the minimal lines give the bed amazing architecture and a sinuous frame that is not only chic but peaceful. Living up to Atelier’s mission, this bed is all about lifestyle: for the late-night worker, who wants to crawl in bed, read, write on their laptop, cozy into a space and sleep. The mattress is aligned with the frame, so this bed isn’t one that you or your client would have to crawl out of — and it’s perfect for the busy city dweller who needs comfort and functionality. To learn more about this bed, and other beds by Atelier, please visit Atelier.

Cattelan Italia modern bed

All one has to do is glance at this bed to see exactly why it has made the best of interior design list. Inventive as it is conversational, this piece is sure to set-off a “wow-factor” from viewers. A perfect blend of serenity and contemporary design, one could easily get the sense that they’re floating away on this bed. Andrea Lucatello, the designer, created this modern art piece (yes, I am taking it that far) for Cattelan Italia, and clearly threw out limitations, antiquated ideas and put a new form on the market that is stylish without compromising quality or comfort.

Contemporary bed design: floating bed

The avant garde of contemporary bed design, Lucatello carefully positioned the four legs (yes, it has four, just like any other bed) to keep them from view so that it looks like the bed is suspended in air. The structure is made of wood and is upholstered in soft leather. Visit the Cattelan Italia website to learn more about this bed and other beds that they offer.

Aqua bed by DDC NYC

The Aqua bed by Domus Design Collection I saw advertised in the Design Times Magazine October 3, and I was immediately stopped by it’s organic quality and ebb-shaped frame. What I love about this bed is that it appears amazing thin — but high-quality. The organic nature of the wood is perfectly set in the sinuous shape of the bed, which obviously takes on the look of an ocean wave. The design of the bed is not particularly new or uncommon, especially with wooded materials, but blending these two qualities is something that is very difficult to do well, and it is completely mastered here. Learn more about this bed on the DDC website.


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