Thursday, July 26, 2012

The cultural bed



[“Public demonstration of the ‘cultural bed’ designed by Ely Alexander, central divider contains shelves for books, sheet music, sculpture, or painting, built in record player and cabinet, and coffee pot on heat proof serving board.” Photograph by Yale Joel. May 1957. From the Life Photo Archive. Click for larger views.]

I can think of only one problem.

[The stringed instrument is a biwa. Ely Alexander is a mystery to me. Life appears not to have a run a story on his creation. Life ran a story with these photographs in its June 3, 1957 issue. Thanks to Bent for the correction.]

comments: 4

Bent said...

The story on 'The Cultural Bed' did in fact run in the June 3, 1957 issue of LIFE - p. 98; Modern Living section, of course.
The bed shown in the images went for $615, but a cheaper model could be had for as little as $295...
Unfortunately, though, the mystery of Ely Alexander's further career remains unsolved, as we are given no additional information on him in the piece.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, Bent. My mistake was searching only in Google Books. Even with this single issue, bed and Ely don’t show up in a search.

Barnaby Capel-Dunn said...

Michael, what is the problem to which you refer?

Michael Leddy said...

Sleeping together (literally and less literally).