The Zurich-based architect Michael Mettler came up with his creation, the ‘maude’ bed system, unexpectedly. A friend commissioned him to plan a double bed and the first thing he decided to do was extend both ends to play down the rather unattractive proportions of conventional mattresses. So the piece of furniture had the harmonious lateral dimensions of 2:3 and 3:4.
Storage for Books or a Backrest
Whilst searching for balanced dimensions, other protagonists in the realm of modern bedroom furnishing joined the bed and became one in ‘maude’. Thus the bed frame can become, depending on the direction of the movable shelves at the head and foot ends, a bookshelf, bedside table or storage space for absolutely anything you’d like to have by your bed. If the shelving board is resting upright, cushions for your back can be placed in a recess - for a breakfast in bed, in opposing directions if desired.
Paramount in the design and materialisation of ‘maude’ were restraint and simplicity. Black/brown, resin-coated plywood was selected as material for the bedstead. The 2 centimetre-thick wooden panel with indestructible surface enables the skilled play with contrast of edge and surface.
The material is processed with millimetre accuracy in a Swiss joinery on CNC machines. The strong connections of the robust frames are grooved and glued together. Thanks to the eccentric screws and shelving board brackets, you can swiftly and easily set up and modification ‘maude’, using just a screwdriver and rubber hammer.
The Maude bed is available in five different sizes. Standard mattresses and slats can be used to set up the bed, though they shouldn’t be higher than 22cm.