I am asked from time to time whether it is possible to see a float bed in New York. Here you can see one! Ok, sorry, this float is not exhibited, this posh room is private - and the bed was ordered by the 1100architect studio.
I am happy that I can call the lovely singer Verona Davis (known from the Stereo MC's) and the amazing keyborder Thomas Hinkel (known from the Schwefel band) friends. They founded a band called Evolver and they were inspired by the swaying feeling of the bed to make a marvelous song.
Here are the lyrics (by Thomas Hinkel):
Find the easier way Look at the swinging moon Over the rooftops we?ll sway Away from the counted sheep Touch me while I sleep.
Float with me.
I?m longin? to float within.
It?s plain to see.
Fleeting moments with you Life never felt the same On a hot summer night After every hour and Thousands of days.
You can download the song in mp3 or ogg format from the downloads section of my website.
When you develop something new you have great advantages on the market as you have an item which no others can provide. The term "Unique Selling Point" (USP) is very fashionable nowadays in the terms of marketing.
On the making side my interpretation of the abbreviation USP would be "UnSpared Pain", as you have to manufacture every minor detail that is not a technical standard. In the picture you can see some pushers I have manufactured during many hours and rests of the preliminary products.
Even these little tools for the disassembly of the float bed are very labor intensive, including:
- turning of the grip, the trapezoid thread rod and the hexagon nut
- cutting and drilling of the flat stainless steel bar
- welding the nut on the bar and the wrench insert on the thread
- bisecting, glueing and oiling of the grip.
Well, actually I wanted to show you that I spare no pains to build your bed!
Ever wondered how a float bed may look made up? Here is what I was asked in an inquiery from Atlanta: "... I've seen lots of pictures and reviews about it online, but I haven't seen a single image of the bed actually made, complete with bedding. I'm curious to see if it would look just as good with sheets on...do let me know if you have any pictures of the bed made up." So I made up the one in my exhibition room! It is a California Kingsize float made from american maple.
The "Alte Feuerwache" in Mannheim is an old fire station used as interpretive center in Mannheim city since 25 years. The Alte Feuerwache building raised 1912 is one of Mannheims landmarks. On the southern front directed to the river Neckar I installed a float bed banner.
Rys from Sheltering Sky Design used a float bed for his interior design. Sheltering Sky Design claims its essence to be Authentic Reflection, Innovative Design, Natural Character, Redefined Expectations, and Multi-Dimensional Experience. Currently you can find the same photo on the Sheltering Sky Design website as a part of the project one, the documentation of a striking complete interior design. Thanks for the photo, Rys!
floats packaging concept is not only very useful to transport and store the bed, it helps me to join the rods with the tube corners precisely. The tenons of the rods are turned over-sized and I compress them to fit into the tubes with a nautical glue. The mid rail of the inner frame contains small cutaways to hold the outer frame parts exactly. The rods and tubes are taped during this process to avoid stains from the glue.
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Max Longin is a German mathematician living and working in northern Denmark. He designed the float bed in 2004 and the stream chair in 2006. A blow-by-blow presentation of his products can be found on his website at www.max-longin.com. Feel free to contact him.