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Viennese Guest Bed gives multitasking a whirl

Viennese Guest Bed gives multi...
The multifunctional Viennese Guest Bed designed by Heri & Salli (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The multifunctional Viennese Guest Bed designed by Heri & Salli (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The multifunctional Viennese Guest Bed designed by Heri & Salli (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The multifunctional Viennese Guest Bed designed by Heri & Salli (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed provides a space to sleep surrounded sections for other purposes (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Bed provides a space to sleep surrounded sections for other purposes (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed provides spaces for sitting, working, storing clothes and placing objects (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Bed provides spaces for sitting, working, storing clothes and placing objects (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed is part of the Viennese Guest Room project by Heri & Salli (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Bed is part of the Viennese Guest Room project by Heri & Salli (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed with the mattress in place (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Bed with the mattress in place (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed with the mattress removed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Bed with the mattress removed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed with the mattress support slats removed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Bed with the mattress support slats removed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
A low view of the Viennese Guest Bed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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A low view of the Viennese Guest Bed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed is created by laying four different lengths of timber upon each other to create the required formation (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Bed is created by laying four different lengths of timber upon each other to create the required formation (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Room project also included the design of a bathroom (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The Viennese Guest Room project also included the design of a bathroom (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The bathroom of the Viennese Guest Room uses a sink area also made out of wood (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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The bathroom of the Viennese Guest Room uses a sink area also made out of wood (Photo: Hans Schubert)
Pipes and suchlike in the Viennese Guest Room are left exposed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
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Pipes and suchlike in the Viennese Guest Room are left exposed (Photo: Hans Schubert)
An exploded diagram of the Viennese Guest Bed
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An exploded diagram of the Viennese Guest Bed
A plan of the Viennese Guest Room
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A plan of the Viennese Guest Room
Aerial views of the construction of the Viennese Guest Bed
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Aerial views of the construction of the Viennese Guest Bed
An aerial view of the Viennese Guest Bed
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An aerial view of the Viennese Guest Bed

Furnishing a room to be both functional and pleasing to the eye can take a lot of time and effort. Austrian architect firm Heri & Salli has eschewed such a laborious approach in favor of using just a single piece of furniture. Its Viennese Guest Bed offers much of the functionality required in a guest room.

There are a number of ways of using the space in a room efficiently. The All I Own House by PKMN Architectures and Kitoko Studio's Paris maid's room, for example, employ sliding units that allow users to reconfigure the spaces as required. The Viennese Guest Bed is more like the central piece of furniture in Yuichi Yoshida & Associates' Tsukiji Room H, though, providing a variety of functions without the need to reconfigure the room.

Primarily, of course, the bed provides somewhere to sleep, but it is built from planks of larch wood that extend beyond the bed-space itself to create additional sections. The result is a bed set into a surrounding structure of raised and lowered levels that's at once both practical and aesthetically compelling.

The Viennese Guest Bed provides spaces for sitting, working, storing clothes and placing objects (Photo: Hans Schubert)
The Viennese Guest Bed provides spaces for sitting, working, storing clothes and placing objects (Photo: Hans Schubert)

In addition to sleeping, the Viennese Guest Bed provides spaces for sitting, working, storing clothes and placing objects or ornaments. Storage units are contained within the structure, helping to achieve the efficient use of space. The structure itself is created by laying four different lengths of timber upon each other to create the required formation.

The Viennese Guest Bed was part of Heri & Salli's Viennese Guest Room Project that also included the design of a bathroom in the same style. The project was started in September 2014 and was completed earlier this month.

Source: Heri & Salli

7 comments
Buellrider
The local Builders Supply company throws out pallets for firewood use and the pallets that look just like what's in this article.
Dave Lawrence
I can't imagine anything more depressing than walking into my end terrace spare bedroom and finding it looking like a lorry load of pallets had fallen in through the window
Steve Smith
Wow just like a pile of lumber, what a marvelous environment for a metropolis of spiders. Think I'll pass, thanks.
Bob Flint
Looks like barracks..
Keith Reeder
A perfect example of "just because you CAN, it doesn't mean you SHOULD..."
Koolski
Looks like uncomfortable furniture and an uncomfortable bed and likely heavy to change around. As noted above the warehouse ambience is less than desirable. I'm guessing it's probably expensive too. What a great choice in furnishings!
domhnall
Good to know I am not alone in my sentiment (or lack thereof) for the novelty of this failure of practical form and function.