Hot Rod Danish Modern Sofa Bed
Last time we were together I discussed a Mid Century Modern armchair that I had taken from pretty poor shape to something that could be the focal point of a MCM room.
This time I want to talk about a day bed that came out of the container from Denmark that is the origin of many of our nicest pieces. It was a pretty unassuming daybed with two teak plywood ends and an approximately 30 inch by 72 inch platform.
When we got it to our warehouse and set it up it was handsomely proportioned and the wood work looked excellent overall but it lacked pizzazz. You know, that special something that would set it apart from the crowd and make it sing. We knew we had to upholster the bed so the first thing we looked at was upholstery swatches.
So we discovered this zebra fabric and decided that it was just crazy enough in a kind of restrained way. We looked at red and black, black and white and more till we decided on this muted yellow and brown. We stood back and imagined the combination of the fabric and the frame and said, yes. But, still, there needed to be something more and after a short discussion we came up the idea of the bolsters at either end. The round geometry softened the ninety degree angles, and added interest at either end. What we came up with was something truly unique.
You know, this idea of “hot rodding” appropriate pieces of Mid Century Modern furniture has some real merit. We can, by taking pieces of pedestrian MCM vintage furniture and putting some zip and life into them. We can also take pieces that are damaged or somehow abused and give them the tender loving care necessary to bring them back from the dead.