As modern cities become increasingly crowded, innovative interior designers are constantly looking for new ways to create space-efficient furniture designs. These efforts are particularly relevant for small apartments in cities such as London, Paris and New York, where space comes at a premium.
It may come as a surprise, however, that furniture designers have gone all the way back to the medieval past to find inspiration. According to interior design blog Apartment Therapy, a 600-year old Breton design has been making a comeback: the so-called “box bed” is the new trend in efficient, stylish interiors.
Even if you could find one, you probably wouldn’t really want to add a medieval box bed to your apartment. (Just imagine the trouble of getting it up the stairs.) But re-creating something similar with curtains hung from the ceiling could be a great solution for a creating privacy in a small space. And with living space growing more and more precious as more people move to urban areas, the enclosed bed could be an elegant solution for creating privacy in a very small apartment. Architects, take note.