If Carl Jacobs is my new design hero then it is, I feel, obligatory to have an old design hero and try as I might I can’t quite condense that into one solitary figure. In fact the list is perpetually changing and shifting and while no one ever leaves it, some take precedent over others, at least, temporarily. I digress. I think it is obvious that today I am bombarding you with a wealth of gorgeous daybeds. And daybeds, I’ll have you know, have taken up a lot of my time of late. Not one to complain about having to peruse endless lists and images pertaining to any sort of furniture, I am slightly miffed that I cannot make a definite decision as to which daybed I like best. The one thing I can say is I like them a whole lot more than sofa beds…
Living in a two bedroom property has meant that we needed to procure a sofa bed; a third distinct area of sleeping should we happen to have guests. I remember the research that went into that and the budget we set aside. Now we have a bigger budget, more refined tastes and slightly different priorities. I dream of a floating sofa, one on legs that can offer extra storage options (should you choose) or, perhaps, the illusion of more abundantly thought out space. That dream develops quickly into envisioning how my white floors would look with more of them on show and, at length, daybeds are so elegantly unassuming and have the wherewithal to never intrude upon one’s sensitive design preferences. So, I want one. But which one?
Until recently I had ruled out an Ercol Studio Couch. My mind is slowly changing especially with the right upholstery and surroundings. Yes I do love but am not convinced it’s right for us which leaves me with a finely edited list comprising off Robin Day, Thomas and Greaves or Guy Rogers. All of these conform to one unified principle and that is, they are daybeds but that’s where it ends. Each style is subtly different and it’s my job, now, to ponder over which suits best. The ones that fold down or the ones that need only have the backrest removed. Some come with ingenious hidden storage, others don’t. And some have arm rests, one arm rest, upholstered arm rests or open arm rests. A dizzying amount of choice. I am inexplicably drawn to open arms (sense of space issues…) but that’s as far as my decisiveness goes.
Time is being wasted in extreme ways as I meander through a daily onslaught of online images, some new and offering to be my new sofa; others have graced the virtual pages longer but still, it seems, beg me to buy them. And yet I feel when the right one comes along, I’ll know immediately. It’s like marriage, an excellent analogy I think you’ll agree, and I am happy to wait! So until the right one does come a long, and sweeps me off my lovely white floors, I would love to hear from you, dear readers. What do you prefer or can you introduce me to a new, mysterious brand I haven’t yet discovered?