Bachelor’s Bed

furniture design, latvian design

In summer 2011 my boss came up with the idea that should make a low leather bed. Luckily that week a quality natural leather distributor came to the Nakts Mēbeles showroom for a presentation. That was a good start for designing a new collection.
Firstly I made overall sketches how furniture might look like.

Somehow the idea of a “bachelors bed” was in my mind. Something similar to ageing leather couch that is one of the most reliable friends of the real bachelor. Also for the drawer chest I wanted to keep the simplicity in the design, more focusing on volumes and material, not going into details as handles.

After that we made several mockups and detail tryouts in the upholstery factory.

Meanwhile I was drawing other furniture pieces of the collection: a nightstand, 3 drawer chests and a dressing table.
For my feminine part of a designer it was special to think – what are the qualities for a dressing table that are important for me? It is to see myself very well and to have enough space for legs, while sitting at the mirror. These functions I was implementing in the design.

Choice of the materials for other furniture of the collection was mainly influenced by the pull up aniline leather we used for the bed. American walnut plus oak stained wenge is a classy, but not a boring choice.
Collection was finished by Nakts Mēbeles and is a collection of the year 2012. Have heard some people saying that “this looks Italian”, but it is all designed and made in Latvia. And finding its place at homes now. Interesting, if there is any any bachelor who owns this bed already?

flex mattress

latvian design

What could be the ideal mattress?
To put our dreams together product development team of Nakts Mēbeles defined our dream mattress:

  • Ergonomic – for providing healthy sleeping conditions
  • Good air-circulation – to guarantee right micro climate
  • Easy washable  – usually it is impossible to clean mattress, possibility to clean them by a user would extend life spam of the mattress
  • Fits to adjustable beds  – transformable beds are becoming more and more popular due to the aging of the society in Europe
  • Recyclable – to use materials that can be recycled

For fulfilling these dreams we did a material research and found that 3d mesh fits well to our concept. This material is available in several thicknesses and densities what allows to create proper comfort levels for different users, as comfort relies on weight, size and sleeping habits of the user.

Functional qualities of this material:

  • Extremely high air distribution in all directions – even under pressure
  • Soft cushioning effect
  • Excellent recovery
  • High shock absorption
  • Very low weight
  • Recyclable
  • Long product life
  • Comfort surface feel
  • Better alternative for textiles, foam-, net-, lining- and flowing-materials of all kinds

We also decided to use Airvent that I describe in previous post.

Functional qualities of this material:

  • Compared to current double-knits of the same weight 100% better ventilation possible.The use of so called air grids makes it possible to ventilate the mattress as desired.
  • The air grids can create a kind of ’natural‘ ventilation; as we toss and turn during our sleep, the mattress is ’automatically‘ aired.
  • Regulation of humidity and temperature.
  • Creates a healthy sleep environment thanks to improved ventilation. A poorly aired mattress causes accumulation of humidity which increases the chance of harmful substances like bacteria, mold and mites. And this can result in various health problems like headache, sore throat, allergy and asthma
  • High-grade yarns used

And a zipper for easy removable cover

To find right density from these materials and high pocket springs we had many experiment sessions and tests of finished prototypes.

At the end we developed 2 types of mattresses and a topper.

Dynamic Flex
The central core of the mattress consists of pocket springs that are covered with several soft layers of smart cushioning 3d material to support body and provide right ergonomics. The cover is also made of 3d mesh material to have deep ventilation.

Elastic Flex
Elastic Flex mattress is lightweight and all made of smart cushioning 3d material. It provides good ergonomics, is all through ventilated for the healthy sleeping environment. The cover and the core are easy to clean.

Top Flex
Top Flex topper gives an extra sleeping comfort. It is perfect ventilated due to the central core that is made of 3 d material and outer layer that is made of especially designed soft knitted material with ventilation grids.The inner part is available in different densities. Easy to remove cover.

I wish people to dream more about a good mattress. And to do a sustainable choice when buying one.

airvent for northern europe

latvian design

For better sleeping comfort for the surface of mattress there is a specific knitted elastic fabrics used. First it was invented by dutch company Innofa and after many other mattress manufacturers started to produce same solutions.
In the fall of 2010 I visited this company and they introduced me with new Airvent fabric. It is this specific quality of this knitted stretch fabric – with better ventilation due to special air-grids in design.
I was really interested in this product as it fit to the concept of a new mattress (ergonomic, adjustable, recyclable, hypo allergic and easy to clean) we at company Nakts Mēbeles were working on. The only thing what raised doubts was the look of this fabric. In offered samples they seemed to me as “too much design” for Baltic and Scandinavian markets.

Therefore I was doing a small study on what people in these regions like to see as a cover for the bed. And the discovery clearly identified that since several centuries these are stripes.
I found some samples.

Latvian traditional blanket

Lithuanian traditional blanket

Estonian traditional blanket

Finnish traditional blanket

Swedish blanket

Norwegian traditional textile

Danish decorative bed textile
And later I was working on implementing lines in the design of the Airvent fabric, in collaboration with the stretch fabric manufacturer.

After several samples made by the manufacturer the result was really pleasant.

From the usage of this fabric I can say that people are still on the way of learning that for a good sleep it is very important what are the materials mattress is created from. People are wondering why a good mattresses can be complicated and consist from advanced materials. Nobody really see where we sleep on. Why to invest in it?
If we think of good sports shoes that has a close contact to our feet, it is logic that we choose shoes from reliable manufacturer and accept to pay price for design & material specifics.
Mattress is in close contact to all our sensitive body. Doesn’t it deserve more attention since  we spend ⅓ of our lives there?