Hästens installs huge round bed in iconic modern home


Earlier this year, Carl Larsson, partner of historic Swedish bedding company Hästens, visited the impressive Doolittle House in Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. His friends, a Los Angeles-based contractor and interior designer, had recently moved into the futuristic structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s protégé Kendricks Bang Kellogg in the 1980s for artists Bev and John Doolittle, and they wanted to preserve so many the original home gasoline as possible.

When they all made their way to the glass-walled veranda, a space Kellogg had envisioned to contain an infinity pool, the couple told Larsson that they weren’t too enamored with the idea, but that they were Still weren’t sure exactly how they wanted to turn it into an inviting lair that encouraged gathering.

It turns out that John Vugrin, the designer who has spent twenty years creating the interiors of Doolittle House since its inception, had the perfect solution. The new owners asked Vugrin to help them immerse themselves in the vision of the Doolittles, and that’s how they learned that he still wanted to plant a comfy mattress in the veranda, so that guests could relax. settle there to savor the dominant landscape of the interior.

A closer look at the bed, seen from inside the house.

Photo: Daniel Sternerud

Considering his line of work, Larsson also liked the concept. “The Doolittles had no restrictions on John’s budget. Everything in this house has been designed to be the best, ”Larsson told AD PRO, noting that the new bed also had to reflect this level of quality and intricate detail. Five months later, the world’s largest Hästens 2000T, a custom circular beauty, 14 feet in diameter, is the centerpiece of the conservatory. Appropriately constructed by Vugrin, it echoes the rounded shapes of the Doolittle house, and “it feels like it’s supposed to be there,” Larsson points out.

With only one master bedroom and a guest bedroom in the intimate Doolittle House, there was a desire to add more sleeping space. However, the couple did not want to build new elements, out of respect for the initial design. From a utilitarian standpoint, the veranda now doubles as a place to spend the night or just ‘relax and use as a huge sofa. It’s like a playroom. The bed is the most important piece of furniture in your home. It’s functional, ”Larsson adds. Yet, he notes, it can also be considered a work of art. “John is as much a craftsman as an artist, like our master craftsmen in Sweden. It takes hours and hours to make a Hästens bed, bridging this relationship between art and design.

The striking house seen in its rocky environment.

Photo: Daniel Sternerud
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Surrounded by boulders, Doolittle House rises dramatically from the desert, remaining a perfect example of organic architecture. The surroundings are deeply linked to the residence, and therefore the sustainability aspect of Hästens, which weaves natural materials such as horsetail, linen, pine, wool and cotton into its mattresses, also aligns with the philosophy of Doolittle House.

For Larsson, the veranda is only part of a larger whole, and perhaps his most poignant aspect. “Each little room is linked to the next, and you notice it the moment the doors open,” he explains. The bed is not just an opportunity to reconsider a useful product as art, but a way to creatively extend Vugrin’s design narrative under new owners who care about the plans the Doolittles have of. first developed. Lying on the mattress, looking out over the vast park, there is, Larsson thought, “a spiritual feeling.”


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