Live Slow, Sleep Well – Slow Bed by Plyroom
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Photography Lillie Thompson
Words James Lyall Smith
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Harking back to the halcyon days when the home was the last bastion of sanctuary in a fast-paced world – a time before work broke beyond the four walls of the traditional office – the Slow Bed by Melbourne-based Plyroom strips back the complicated layers of this modern life in a quest to reclaim the refuge of the home. Slow Bed takes us back to the very basics, in the process reigniting a love of simple, slow living.

Conceived from Plyroom’s inherent passion for creating calm in our everyday lives through sustainably beautiful design, the inspiration for Slow Bed stems from a simpler time, when life moved at a much gentler pace, and the bare essentials were valued as luxuries. “The Slow Bed is a very honest design,” says Plyroom Founder and Design Director Elise Heslop. “There is nothing hidden within the piece, no concealed layers, no elaborate details. It is made to be lived in and to stand the test of time. It carries with it a generational appeal and an element of nostalgia for those simpler times.”

Slow Bed takes us back to the very basics, in the process reigniting a love of simple, slow living.

An honest representation of Plyroom’s ethos of timeless, conscious design, simplicity resonates within every facet of the Slow Bed. “The Slow Bed is a personification of the Plyroom ethos, which sees us put timeless design, sustainable materials and socially responsible practises at the core of everything we do,” elaborates Elise. Combining the spirit of gentle utilitarianism with the underlying philosophy of essentialism, this bed encourages us to place a renewed importance on the items we simply cannot live without. “In a world where consumption is the new norm, our aim is to create pieces that tread lightly on this earth by creating with honesty, transparency and longevity,” she says.

Practical in nature, the design is a study in concise detailing with simple, clean lines expressed in blonde, buttery birch wood. Small embellishments come from the gracefully austere curvature found in the four Tasmanian oak bed legs, which provide moments of intrigue as they sit flush against the minimalist outer edge of the central bed frame. The Plyroom design team has created the Slow Bed to endure beyond fast trends, facilitating a slower style of living as it adapts effortlessly alongside its owner, as style, space, society and homes evolve around them. “It speaks to that quintessential value of mid-century living, a simpler time where we strove to buy once and buy well,” says Elise.

“The Slow Bed is a personification of the Plyroom ethos, which sees us put timeless design, sustainable materials and socially responsible practises at the core of everything we do.”

Designed and manufactured locally in Melbourne, the Slow Bed is available in the standard sizes of single, king single, and queen. Reaffirming Plyroom’s commitment to producing a true companion for the needs of all slower lifestyles, double and king sized options are also offered by special request. Available for purchase direct from Plyroom’s digital platforms, or by appointment at the Melbourne showroom, Slow Bed is Plyroom’s latest offering in the pursuit of providing the home with happiness, peace and balance. By rejecting complicated notions of modern life, Slow Bed encourages us to take stock of the world around us, as we endeavour to live (and sleep) slow.

Published 9 March, 2021
Photography  Lillie Thompson
Issue 05 Cover Grey
FEATURED IN THE LOCAL PROJECT PUBLICATION - ISSUE 05
The Local Project print publication was created to inspire, inform, entertain and engage through exclusively curated content.
Issue Nº5 of The Local Project print publication is the largest to date, with over 380 pages of local architecture and design. As well as new work from the likes of Kennedy Nolan, Edition Office, Tobias Partners, Adam Kane Architects and more, Issue 05 includes Gottlieb House, one of Wood Marsh Architecture’s first residential commissions, completed 30 years ago and unchanged to this day. Kew Residence by John Wardle Architects is also found in this issue. As the home John Wardle has occupied since 1990 and renovated three times, the project is a profound insight into the personal and professional history of one of Melbourne’s most lauded architects.
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