In January 2007 the meier magazine, "the magazine for the city", reports under the rubric "Home visit" about how I life. I tried to translate some extracts of the German text for you:
Home visit at Max Longin
- the Mannheimian designer who reinvented the bed
"If you mean, the terms "reduced" and "sensual" are opposites then you should pay a visit to the designer Max Longin. ... Turning doors made of oak and stainless steel underline the open concept with its flowing transitions between living and work area and that integrated showroom. Despite the reticent design the areas come across neither stylish overloaded nor undercooled - but in a "earthy" way very sensual. ... . The connection of unorthodox, simple elements with warm nature materials finds their correspondence in the design objects of the 42 years old mathematician. .... "
The cool photoshots are made by Daniel Lukac (link opens with sound), thanks Daniel
Dreams take flight! The Interior Design magazine reported about the float bed as the opener of new products/furniture in Feb 05. You can read the article here.
How could you top the fact that your design is featured in the worlds most famous design magazine? Here you are: The Interior Design readers voted float as "top product of 2005" and it reappeared in the November issue of the magazine by popular demand. Thanks to the readers of the Interior Design magazine!
I am not sure whether the US-Playboy magazine is the magazine with the most of all readers. But surely it is the magazine with the most of all viewers! Here is an extract of what they said about the float bed:
"Think again: the Master Bed
Inspired by the subtle movement of suspension bridges, Max Longins Float Bed eschews traditional vertical legs for a swaying, suspended sleep system. That is, when you move, it moves - which creates some interesting possibilities for more vigorous bedroom activities. Once you stop moving, though, the bed frame gradually settles and eases you into a nights sleep..."
meier, "the magazine for the city", reports under the rubric "people - faces stories" about the float bed designer. I tried to translate some extracts:
"Liegen Lernen - Max Longin
You could easily fall in love. Gentle, calm, even-tempered. When you come close, you have a feeling of security, you feel safe, you hover on clouds. Of whom we talk? Of the bed float. And of the designer Max Longin ... .
... . Compared to the design pieces of Longin suddenly our own furniture looks like from another century. Unfortunately not everybody can afford an interior concept ? la Longin, because manual work and quality have their price. But well, we can have dreams..."
The "Junge Karriere" the "monthly magazine of the Handelsblatt" reported in several specials about different professions. When the special was about mathematicians they interviewed me to underline the variety of this professions outline. Here is an extract:
"What stands fixed is trivial. A bed for example. The whole world takes the four vertical legs as a necessary condition for a stable sleep without to question that. " I search for things, that are true, but not obvious" says however Max Longin. And as he prefers to hover over to lie fixed, he designed a suspended sleeping furniture with a floating frame...
Sometimes it only seems that something is immanent, but in fact it is only accomodativeness, tradition or lack of fantasy - as with the verticality of a beds leg."
Andrew Myers wrote a wonderful article about the float bed in the RobbReport, a magazine focused on luxury in the field of custom design, architecture and technology. I take the chance to return the complement for my design: this article is whimsical and ingenious, and dear web traveller, you can find it online here.
The Austrian/Swiss/German design magazine H.O.M.E. printed excerpts of a very pleasing conversation I had with Chris L?wer on the phone. The interviewer writes for the "SueddeutscheZeitung", the "Spiegel", the "Handelsblatt" and many more. I won?t bore you with my statematements during the interview, but try to translate his introduction:
"Sleeping Problem Solved! Mathematicians are the better designers. Number-Cruncher Max Longin reinvented the bed
Mathematicians often have a rather doubtful reputation. Max Longin is one: an uncompromizing clear-head, but not a restless clattering scatterbrain. He?s 39 of age and has a strong creative component - a mixture that allows ingenuity. So it happened that this man reinvented the bed..."
The German "plugged", a magazine "about the technology of tomorrow" reports about my brainchild, a shortened online version is here. Here's an extract from the printed feature:
"float - the redefinition of the bed
You can?t reinvent the wheel! This is a wisdom you might think over when you consider all the developments of the past years. We have not at all reached the limits of our possibilities and over and over well-tried forms are questioned.
Though it is not the wheel, that was reinvented in this case, the Mannheimian mathematician Max Longin is close to it with his redefinition of the bed. float generates a hovering feeling for the sleeper and a fluent transition to deepest dreams... "
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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.