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Flat pack bed

June 30, 2011

Campbell Boyer’s flat-pack bed base is a simple, sturdy furniture piece made from plywood.

The flat pack bed is a clever furniture piece designed by Spore Furniture, a Melbourne-based industrial design practice run by Campbell Boyer. The piece is an intelligent alternative to solid, cumbersome traditional bed bases, and is designed for those who move houses often.

Made from plywood, the bed’s simple aesthetic is informed by function, with a small visual mass that resonates with its reduced physical footprint – designed to minimise impact with shins and toes. The base is largely hidden by a mattress, giving the assembled bed a weightless aesthetic.

The portable, low-cost furniture piece is made from 12mm plywood. The queen-size base can be packed down, carried by one person (when packed it weighs approximately 18kg) and fits in the back of a small car – and is then reassembled without mechanical fasteners.

Flat Pack Bed from spore on Vimeo.

The CNC-cut plywood frame features two longitudinal beams, which curve to provide stability and increase tension between joints. Lateral bearers are positioned on their edge for stiffness, but are spaced closely to provide consistent support for the mattress. The object also boasts sustainable credentials, with a simple fabrication system and low embodied-energy material.


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