Simple Bed Belies Complex History
We ran across the Stapelliege stacking day beds by Müller Möbelwerkstätten on Remodelista. They’re pretty great. They are made of plywood and available in a number of wood finishes, colors and several sizes. All of the corners are rounded to make them especially kid friendly. While two seems like a pretty ideal number to stack, they can go higher.
As this is not a complicated piece of furniture, to expand on its functionality would be doing it a disservice. However, expanding on the design’s origins would be really interesting! Here’s what Smow, a German store that sells the bed, has to say about it.
The origins of Rolf Heide’s Stapelliege can be traced back to the mid-60s. A turbulent time in Germany and worldwide, in addition to the trouble spots of the Cold War and its counter movement of Flowerpower and the peace movements, the great destruction of World War II presented the European population with problems of housing shortage and a need for new solutions; consequently, the 1960s were marked by especially strong changes in cultural and social life. In terms of housing, one popular solution was large estates on the outskirts of cities; conurbations which more or less appeared out of thin air and had to meet especially one criterion: as many apartments as possible on as little space as possible – space for decorative flourishes or elaborate designs was simply not provided. In the broadest sense, the design and the concept of Rolf Heide’s Stapelliege therefore fits perfectly into this period, even if the bed is not reminiscent of the concrete blocks of the 60s.
Who knew this simple bed had such a complex history?
The bed is available for sale from a number of vendors, but mostly in Europe it appears. Individual beds range from €381 for kids models up to €1,130 for a large 160x200cm (full sized) bed. A bunch of snazzy, Heide designed storage units are also available.