Valet stands are clever things. Ombre by Leonardo Talarico for MDF and 908 by Florian Kallus and Sebastian Schneider for Rolf Benz are both perfect expressions of simplicity and adimensional perfection, minimal and sculptural structures that define the perfect domestic help. In this pandemic or post-pandemic world, positioned between the bed and the desk, screens have become invaluable. Rayures by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Glas Italia create private islands, filtering the light poetically and surreally. Steve Leung has taken an altogether different approach with the Huo collection for Medea 1905 - a harmoniously striated screen for marking out places that are off limits.
The bedroom has become the unexpected new smart working and DAD space, inspiring desks such as Monica Förster’s Tucano for Zanotta, and Shinsaku Miyamoto’s Mo Bridge Small Desk for Ritzwell - elegant and essential, they are expressions of design simplicity and synthesis, and are easily positioned next to the bed for every need.
Mirrors are still the cult objects when it comes to bedrooms, bringing life, light and depth to the space. Lewis Carroll’s Alice would have adored Monica Förster’s Sky Mirrors for Zanat – functional objects with a mystical and fairytale allure, and freestanding and therefore ideal as dividers – and the surreal Pinch collection of mirrors that attempt (fruitlessly) to escape their frames, by Lanzavecchia + Wai for Fiam.
If mens sana in corpore sano is the mantra of today, physical exercise is a must, even at home. One of the best places for this is the bedroom, away from prying looks. Technogym’s Personal Line by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen is a collection of home fitness products that combine advanced technology, innovative digital solutions and sophisticated design. On-demand personal training and a console featuring Netflix might well win over even the laziest among us!
Lastly, what gives this space a personal twist is the choice of bedding – some people go for linen, satin or cotton in warm, neutral tones, while others favour brightly-coloured silk, or designs featuring floral patterns or stylised landscapes. The social value of sheets and covers is fundamental these days – beautiful and well-made is still sought-after, but sustainable manufacturing and organically-farmed natural fibres are paramount. Fazzini and Gabel docent.