ISSUE 55  |  Roman Holiday

A DIY Bed Made from Reclaimed Wood

January 17, 2013 6:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Katrin Arens has been designing furniture out of reclaimed, “abused wood” since 1998 out of her home, a converted 15th century mill in Bergamo, Italy. We recently noticed her handmade wood slatted bed frame and a mattress filled with virgin wool and cotton.

Arens, originally from Germany, has spent the last 15 years in Northern Italy pulling materials from derelict country houses, cellars, and carpentry studios; each piece retains, as Arens puts it, “forgotten colors and scents.” See more at Katrin Arens, and our previous post Slow Design: Katrin Arens.

Above: Ho Sognato di Te (meaning “I Dreamed of You”) measures 120/200 by 200 cm (mattress dimensions). The mattress is made from 100 percent virgin wool filling and a 100 percent cotton outer lining.

Above: Detail of the raw wood frame.

Above: Aren’s baby in the Ho Sognato di Te bed at home in Villa D’Adda, Bergamo. Photograph from Milk Magazine.

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