In today’s fast-moving world, where convenience and luxury often go together, it’s interesting how everyday items can go beyond their basic functions and become powerful symbols of wealth. One example of this is the bed. Originally created for sleep and relaxation, beds have always been linked to comfort. However, they also have the special ability to transform into status symbols, representing our desire for a life of plenty and opulence.
In simpler terms, beds, typically linked with comfort, go beyond their primary purpose and become a symbol of wealth and luxury. Consider old fancy canopy beds or today’s designer ones. They aren’t just for sleeping but serve as a status symbol. They showcase our longing for a life of abundance, where even basic necessities like a comfortable bed become a sign of extravagance. It’s a way to show off our prosperity and the life we dream of living. And the type of mattress chosen for these beds becomes a crucial part of the experience. Mattresses, whether they’re Super King Mattress or Queen, play a big role in ensuring comfort and functionality, adding to the overall sense of luxury and grandeur.
However, achieving a restful night’s sleep is not solely reliant on the mattress; pillows play a significant role as well. Pillows come in various shapes and sizes, each designed to cater to specific sleep needs. Neck pillows, for example, provide crucial support to the neck and head, promoting proper spinal alignment and reducing the risk of waking up with stiff neck or shoulder pain. Likewise, body pillows, such as an Anime Dakimakura Pillow can be an excellent option for those who prefer to sleep on their sides, as they offer full-body support and reduce pressure points and bodily discomfort.
Anyway, coming back to the topic, beds have always held a special place in our lives and imagination. There’s a lot that can be spoken about beds. From opulent four-poster canopies that whisk you away to a fairytale realm to sleek and modern platform beds that exude contemporary chic and day beds that perfectly fit into a guest room, there are so many kinds that catch our fascination. Many beds throughout history have been made famous and even more stories have been created for fictional resting places.
Whether it’s the magical bed from Bedknobs and Broomsticks or one of the sites of John and Yoko’s bed-ins in Amsterdam and Montreal, there can often be an interesting story behind the site of a good night’s sleep. Let’s look at some of them now:
Through Van Gogh’s troubled life, he painted many things that had personal significance to him; just one of these was his bed in the Bedroom of Arles series. He painted this same room and bed three times, as a kind of ritualistic calming act; the neatness and tidiness of the bed encouraged him to “rest the brain, or rather the imagination”. Tracy Emin’s My Bed was a controversial piece, with some arguing that it is barely art; but the condom and cigarette-riddled mess of a bed is representative of her state of mind during a nervous breakdown. It is a private and dark part of her life that has been brought into art galleries, a kind of oxymoronic statement about the sanctity of the bedroom.
A famous bed that appears in the literature is the Great Bed of Ware. Built in the 1590s, the bed is over three meters wide, and up to twelve adults can sleep in it with complete comfort. In William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the sheets of the bed are referred to in relation to their enormous size. The bed has long represented extreme and unnecessary extravagance, although it is far too large for practicality; you are much better off finding something from the selection of beds on Bedstar if you want something large.
In the 18th century, sexologist James Graham built ‘The Celestial Bed’, which was designed to aid in conception. The occupants were aligned in the ‘best’ way to conceive, and the mattress was stuffed with flowers, oats, and oddly enough, the tails of stallions. A mirrored canopy covered the bed and hidden organs within would make noise with movement – the more vigorous the movement, the louder and faster the music.
Elvis Presley’s bed was first referred to as The Hamburger by his daughter, but you can see where she’s coming from. It’s a circular velour masterpiece in mustard yellow and has a TV and stereo built-in, clearly designed by someone who enjoys a lazy afternoon in bed. It may not be as unnecessarily large as the Bed of Ware, but it can rival any in terms of luxury.