Ahh, a bed after my own heart. Commenters viewing it on Bruises Gallery’s instagram felt the same. They sighed, “I need this”. Two nailed it: “Dream bed”.
My deconstructing mind was smitten with the possibilities of a simple angle-iron bed frame onto which is welded or bolted or affixed, somehow, miraculously expressive head and foot boards. I imagined steel or iron rod, bent expressively, organically, asymmetrically perhaps with the use of a tool or form. Which I don’t know how to do. So I went on the hunt to figure it out
I found myself watching video after video of burly blacksmiths whacking red-hot iron into graceful swirls. I’d love to learn blacksmithing but I’ve got other fish to fry…
One thing led to another and another until I stumbled on a little video of a guy bending a steel rod using two disks screwed into a board to form a sort of lever. I also saw it done with steel rebar which is probably about the thickness of the thick wire I imagine using for that headboard. Hmmmmm. My how-do-you-do-that? researches never go to waste. I’ll use that idea somewhere for sure.
Deconstructing an object of desire and figuring out what it would take to make it is a process I go through several times a week: mashing up fantasy and design ideas with a lot of learning, and then realizing I’d likely not actually try it. I build it in my head.
I guess I’d have to hire someone to make a wild freeform headboard, with me standing over them pointing and gesturing…
To show the gist of what I want, I’d make it in miniature version using thick bendable armature wire and a hacked doll’s bed – the tiny prototype that would give me the pleasure of making, and dreaming, all the same.