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Sunday, May 29, 2011


The SIL has an opportunity to pick up a beautiful daybed for the store, and he asked for my opinion. I'm probably biased, because as a child growing up in a solidly middle-class family where you just had plain ol' beds that you had to make up before the school bus came, the idea of a daybed conjured up images of rich, glamorous women lolling about and eating bonbons. So, of course, I cast my vote for him to get it.

Naturally, my fascination with daybeds doesn't mean that one would sell in the store...unless others of you out there share my feelings about them. If you found an absolutely gorgeous daybed, would you have room for it in your house? Would you make room? I would, but don't let me influence you in any way.

While you're making up your mind, take a look at these gorgeous things.

Barcelona by Mies van der Rohe...probably the best-known MCM daybed

Bruno Mathsson daybed

Edward Wormley daybed

Eileen Gray daybed

Hans Wegner daybed

Jens Risom daybed

Peter Hvidt daybed

Thonet daybed
Update 6/1/11:

I included this image in my original post and incorrectly identified it as a Paul McCobb piece. Thanks to Jonathan Goldstein, whom I consider the ultimate authority on Paul McCobb design, I now know that the daybed was designed by Clifford Pascoe for Modernmasters. To learn more about this common misconception, take a look at a very well researched post on Jonathan's blog Planner, Perimeter, Predictor, Paul McCobb.


  1. i share your partiality fr daybeds :)..infact grwoign up, in india, our living area had a deewan, an indian daybed...we have a cane and coconut coir one now .. you make me drool with all the the thonet, paul and jens ...lovely lovely!!!

  2. I love daybeds. Especially these mid-mod beauties. I don't think I'd be interested in buying one from West Elm (even though they are gorgeous) but a lovely vintage one at a great price would definitely be worthy of finding a nice spot. One of my few "maybe I should have bought that..." regrets was a daybed from Goodwill. I think it was $30, but it had all sorts of issues and I just couldn't decide if it was a good idea... First, the cushions had to be replaced, and the sides were really weird. It had the pretty tapered legs, but then it looked like someone had added some square frames to the ends, too. Weird. Also, it had no back whatsoever. I like the idea of the daybeds with a low back or even 3 sides. It just seems more practical... But still, I wonder if I could have found SOME way of fitting the weird one in the baby's room... But I need another project piece like I need a hole in the head.

  3. @adriane: I so understand about projects! We've just about decided that we're not going to buy anything else that needs work. If it's not floor-ready, we're passing. We've got too many pieces stacked up half-finished. Eeeek!

  4. For some reason, the Paul McCobb daybed really appeals to me, although it's unlike anything in my house.

  5. As a champion napper, I especially like the Risom. Perhaps not the most comfortable of the bunch, but napping in style can be quite refreshing.

  6. @dustboy: The Risom one is so pretty that I'd spend a lot of time pretending to nap, whether I was sleepy or not.

  7. I am smitten with all of these! I'd put them to good use around here. Thanks for putting together such a fun collection!

  8. @Holly: If I really had the money in hand and had to choose, I'd be hard pressed to pick just one. I love them all too.

  9. One problem Dana

    The “Paul McCobb” daybed you show here is actually a Clifford Pascoe design for Modernmasters

  10. @Jonathan: Ooops...I perpetuated more Paul McCobb myth, just as you so often find to be the case. Thanks for the heads up, Jonathan. I'll make the correction right away.

  11. One of the biggest problems we all face is the "But I saw it on the internet" factor. So many errors are constantly re-perpetuated because of this.

  12. @Jonathan: You're so right. And I'm finding that some of the sites run by people who have been in the business for decades are often the sources of the misinformation. Apparently, some of the so-called experts do less research than you'd expect.