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The Floating Bed

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July 4, 2006

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July 5, 2006 Given that we spend roughly a third of our life asleep, the humble bed has had remarkably little innovation pointed in its direction over the ages. So a new floating bed which hovers 40 cm above the floor represents a significant development in the design of sleeping apparatus. Debuting at the recent Millionaire Fair in Kortrijk, Belgium , the floating bed is the result of six years of development by Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars working with Bakker Magnetics. Using the power of permanent opposing industrial-strength magnets to enable it to float, the full scale bed can hold 900 kilograms of weight, while a smaller one fifth scale platform can safely hold 80 kilogams. Already people are beginning to see many applications for the simple yet visually arresting platforms ranging from the basis for a sofa, Coffee table, Japanese dining table and particularly in the display areas where museums and high-end visual merchandisers are beginning to conceptualise numerous creative uses.

Four thin cables assure its motionless position and form the only contact with the ground and the only other aspect which concerned us about what is essentially a stunningly simple device was the issue of sleeping in such close proximity to magnetic fields.

Janjaap assures us that should you feel inclined to slip your bankcard into your pyjamas, the magnetic field atop the unit is not enough to degauss the magnetic strip. The field below the unit is a different matter however, and given that the magnetic field is strong enough to suspend 900 kilograms, it’s not recommended that people with pacemakers go under the bed – so if you're wearing a pacemaker and drop the strawberry lube while using the floating bed, it’d be advisable to ask your partner to retrieve it.

One final note of caution – as all students of physics will no doubt have already twigged, the floating bed is attached to the ground by four thin cables, otherwise it’d slide off the magnetic force field and crash to the floor.

Pricing for the floating bed is decidedly in the millionaire league, with the one fifth scale unit selling for EU€115,000 and the full floating bed costing EU€1,200,000 Janjaap Ruijssenaars is an architect (Master of Science) and founder of Universe Architecture. His work includes urban planning, architecture and design. By reflecting these professions on one another, fascinating new ideas and forms emerge. This Floating Bed is an intriguing example of this process. For more information regarding the floating bed, or to nquire about international distribution, Janjaap can be contacted here.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
10 Comments

Wake me up when we progress to Larry Niven\'s sleeping plates.

Gregg Eshelman

These people arnt inovators or inventors there freakin vampires ,a bunch of magnets and cables for 115 000 euros or dollors what sort of aplications do these products really have for the avrage man i ask u ,,dotn worry about my spelling either ?

Richardf

coud be just a \'cleaning lady\' mode, where the bed hovers for underly thorough floor and underpinings clean out. s.

Søren Algreen-ussing

How about just suspending the bed from four thin cables which are attached to the ceiling? Or is that not Hi Tech enough? Does the bed wobble as you turn over? The magnets must weigh a lot.

windykites1

1) Wake up in the night when nature calls 2) Go to hospital after slicing your leg open on the wire in the dark

Adze

Realistically the cables should be made thick enough not to be dangerous, of course :) But usually the roof of a building isn\'t designed to withstand that heavy.

And also, if you have to worry about 115 000 euros, you\'re obviously not the kind of a person that\'d buy this. Shoo.

Roni Eskola

It looks cool, but I'd not want that. I have an IKEA Tromso bunk bed and it's very annoying having the bed rock to your heartbeat all night.

EinSascha

I\'ll wait for the single 1/8\" nano tube-tube single support model.

Brainfarth

With my luck it would flip over as I was getting on to it, the magnets thus reversed would slam me to the floor, then I would end up sandwiched with the fulll force of 900 Kg.

Alternately I would be enjoying a snooze in the early morning and the apartment above would get theirs delivered and I would be slammed to the ceiling.

Either way the rescue team (or morgue) would have to use non-magnetic tools to get my body free.

No thanks.........

Light_Lab

i will sell you four legs for a mere $1000

Daniel Scoles
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