The bed, a place to sleep, is a perceptual time-space between awareness and dreams. it is a metaphysical place where objective reality vanishes and disconnected pieces of remembrance float. The design of this bed stems from the sympathy of mind and inspiration from Giacometti's "The Cage" and "Palace at 4 a.m."
Giacometti, in a certain period of his work, mainly between 1929-1935, exiled his work from reality. In "The Cage" for example, the box around the forms serves as a platform and setting for the visual. The second element that distinguishes Giacometti's art in this period is the need for dialogue in or with the void. His figures placed on a confined stage and detached from the objective world are surrounded by empty space, yearning for a dialogue.
Giacometti's struggle was how to grasp the totality of movement versus immobility, change versus stability, or as he put it himself "life versus death".
The confined stage of The Void Bed is defined by a framework made of stainless steel tubes, forming a complete box. A platform of steel bar grating forms a plane that cuts through the cage, extending the void a bit further. In this stage there are two figures that are suspended from a secondary structure with very thin wires. One follows the curvature of human spine and serves as a back rest, the second figure is a plumb bob. it's movement back and forth measures the passage of time, serving as a hypnotic element, guiding the body to sleep.
The Void Bed limited edition
Designed by Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Produced by H + 3 Inc.
Manufactured by George Kovacs
Materials: brushed stainless steel frame, carbon steel bar grating, curvilinear brushed steel backrests, metal pendulum