The most versatile, and certainly one of the more elegant, pieces of living room furniture is the modern daybed; a place for solo lounging and self-reflection. A new crop of designers are riffing on the classic midcentury modern style with updated design details and creative upholstery combinations. Here are our current favorites.
Above: Influenced by the shapes and reflections of Reykjavík’s colorful corrugated steel roofs, Skagerak’s Reykjavik Daybed is available in a palette of powder, lavender, and dark peach upholstery. The color balance of the mattress can be changed by flipping it; $5,499 at Connox. Above: The Crescent Lounge, shown in an ochre and gray wool combination and walnut frame, is from New York–based Vonnegut Kraft. Contact Vonnegut Kraft for pricing and ordering information. Above: The Dorcia Daybed is designed by Jorge Arturo Ibarra of Luteca after the architecture of Mexican architect Luis Barragán. It’s available in leather or velvet and with a painted steel or blackened bronze (shown) frame. Contact Luteca for pricing and ordering information. For more on the designers, see our post Luteca: Elevated Mexican Furniture for the World Market. Above: The Space Copenhagen Spine Daybed is upholstered with buttery hand-sewn leather—a technique borrowed from Børge Mogensen’s 1960s designs—and a secured head cushion. It’s available for $5,394 at the Danish Design Store. Above: The Align Daybed is designed by Anita Johansen for Menu and is available in a range of wood frames and fabrics; shown here in dark oak and yellow. It’s $2,400 to $3,800 and available at Lumens.
Above: Bassam Fellows’ “achingly soft” down-filled reclining Daybed has a detachable headrest cushion and a brass back support mechanism that adjusts to three different positions. Contact Bassam Fellows for pricing and ordering information. Above: From Nest, the Handvark Daybed is made of Aniline leather that meets an elegant black steel frame. It’s handmade in Denmark and is £2,468.17 at Nest. Above: Designed by Will Cooper for Ash NYC, the WC2 Daybed, shown here in white wool and oak, has hand-turned legs that make an invisible joint at the frame; $5,700 at Ash x WC.
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