CRAZY for the Design Essential DAYBED… A Design Classic now with a twist

Daybed Feature 2x2 Daybed West Elm

Sophistication, glamour and a Gilded-Age sensibility are all subtle characteristics conveyed by the gracious daybed and its many guises, including the chaise longue and as many of you know, my favourite, the recamier (as named after the Style Icon Madame Recamier a Bon Vivant and socialite famous for reclining in a Jacques-Louis David painting circa 1700).   The beauty and joy of the Daybed lays in its multi-functionality, its elegant proportions/scale and the ability to use it in nearly any room and for any purpose (bed, banquette at a dining table, Mae West recliner, seating to work in two different zones at the same time, sofa, lounge in front of a large window to keep the view unfettered… the list is endless). 

Usually sized for one, the daybed implies the luxury of leisure time as well as having an ample amount of space for various lounging zones.  Historically the daybed has been a Interior Design element that represents “the good life”, as well as an environment that is used for many levels of entertaining and their ability to connect two sitting areas.  Daybeds are visually so prominent and eyecatching because of their strong horizontal lines and that they don’t impede the view of a space and actually enhance the vertical size of a room.  I myself love to use a gorgeous recamier or daybed with an overly tall floor mirror nearby to best play off the vertical and horizontal nature of each.  It is because of their endless versatility that they work in every space from Modern chic to Traditional glamour, it truly is a multi-purpose Design essential … which might be why I have a Regency Daybed, a Napoleonic Recamier, a West Elm modern beauty (top photo) and several clean lined modern beauties…I’m obsessed.  Here are a few more stunning designs that I adore:

The Hamish Daybed by Oly

Madame Recamier herself would find the Hamish Daybed both essential and multi-functional with its decadent Louis XVI–style design, richly hand-carved wood frame and gorgeous hand tacked nailhead detailing and luxurious pulled upholstery and raffia woven end panels.  This is a stunning transition between historic charm and craftsmanship and a modern sensibility, HOWEVER it is specifically designed and tailored for today’s lifestyle.  Its ample measurements guarantee you the ability to use it in any and every situation being 80″ long by 38″ wide.

VINTAGE finds (Antique Dealers, Online & Auction Houses) for the Designer Jean Royere (1902-1981) 

Jean Royere was a seminal 20th Century designer (1902-1981) that was reknowned for his historical references, high glamour and his rich comfort mixed with a heavy dose of luxury.  His designs were innovative and truly stand the test of time.  You can find many of his pieces online at various auction houses, online antique dealers, antique retailers or specialty Design stores.  Keep your eye out and if you see one GRAB IT!

Daybed On Polished Nickel Base from Flair

Small scale, modern, crisp, funtional and with a witty tailored sensibility, this daybed seemingly floats above its crisp yet elegant polished nickel base.  Its multi-functionality is greatly enhanced by its diminutive slender portions which make it work beautifully at the end of a bed, in front of a wide picture window, in front of a fireplace adding extra seating but keeping the full view or in an entry way.  The DPNB measures 80″ long by 24.5″ wide.

Curator Daybed by Calvin Klein Home

One part Ab Fab Edwina’s study and one part modern Art sculpture, this clean, crisp, Zen-like piece by Calvin Klein Home is guaranteed to make a bold statement in any room with its austere frame and pared-down cushions. The graphic and bold nature is enhanced with its sleek walnut finish and elegant preportions (72″-long, 32″-wide).  The Curator comes in left- and right-facing models and would work beautifully in modern or traditional spaces. 

The 7072-95 Daybed by Lee Industries

Blocky, modern and asymmetrical, this piece by Lee Industries has a luxury hotel feeling to it with a dash of quirky personality because of the opposite angle arms…. somewhat reminiscent of a Victorian tête-à-tête daybed, which is great for an indepth and intimate conversation for 2.  At 81″ long by a full 49″

Robert Bristow Daybed for Ralph Pucci

Exceptionally elegant and modern with an almost sculptural feeling, this Robert Bristow Design for Ralph Pucci is the ultimate in sophistication and sizzle.  Measuring 80″-long, 32″-wide this daybed can literally  be used for any purpose and in any Design from traditional to modern.  The range of woods available include white oak, mahogany and walnut (as shown in the photo).  I would love to see this as a transitional piece between 2 different seating zones, acting like a sculptural buffer (a sexy comfortable buffer) between the 2 spaces.


The SNOOZE Daybed by OCHRE

A playful, witty and sexy take on a traditional sleighbed, the Snooze Daybed by Ochre can be freestanding, placed against a wall, be used as a bed, in a study as mulit purpose seating OR used in a pair in a living room giving a wonderful open and sexy feeling that bridges the gap between modern and traditional.  The piece is upholstered in hand tooled leather and has a graphic, bold silhouette.  OCHRE creates objects of style and beauty which are both timeless and contemporary. The Ochre collection consists of furniture, lighting and accessories for the interior with the emphasis being on the use of high quality materials and flawless British oldworld, craftsmanship. The simplicity and honesty of form and proportion, together with the luxurious materials result in an understated elegance, which has become the signature for OCHRE.

  1. EmmaEmma07-27-2011

    I am so in love with having a daybed now! LOVE the Hammish Daybed .. like a LOT. Thanks for the article