There’s nothing quite as inviting as Swinging Porch Beds — one of our all time favorite topics on this blog. So adapting that look for a country house makes perfect sense. That’s why I was immediately drawn to the pair of sofas in this room by Brad Ford, a rising star in the New York interior design world. These are essentially no different than outdoor porch beds though lightly scaled and considerably dressier. Frames are white-painted to coordinate with the pale scheme in the room and suspended from the ceiling. While the physical dynamics of that can be tricky, the lack of legs ensures some degree of movement. Unlike the suspended Industrial Strength Beds anchored with steel cables in lofts designed by Ghislaine Viñas, we don’t see the ceiling “works” in this very refined room where the concept appears to be more about the use of fiber than the ergonomic engineering.
Not only do the sofas appear to be suspended by cords, there is an elaborate wall hanging that consists of bell shapes made with cord and cloth. Additionally, the mirror over the fireplace has an applied cord frame that was shown close up in our Vignette Departures post.
But back to these amazing sofas which hang, and thus appear to float, in the elegant porch-like space. Lacking legs, really let both the natural fiber floor covering and the animal skin rugs stand out. It wouldn’t be difficult for a talented carpenter to copy these and the cushioning is straight forward as well. But more importantly, Ford’s work is packed with subtle ideas. I’m also a fan of his somewhat intellectual blog that, like these sofas, is all about innovative design.
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