THE NEW WAY OF SLEEPING
That a single room can be the focal point of one’s life is certainly nothing new. Not only for many indigenous people does the whole of life take place between just four walls. Also in cities, the living space was and is a limited commodity. Anyone who knows Vienna is probably familiar with the phrase from the industrial revolution, “room, kitchen, cabinet”. You entered the apartment through the kitchen, you slept in a small extra room – the cabinet – and at night, the divan often turned into a bed. The wash facilities were outside of the apartment. In rural areas, it was no different. On farms, the whole family slept in a single room, usually above the stable which was kept warm by the body heat of the cattle. A Mongolian yurt reflects in its furnishings the social and spiritual order of its inhabitants. Here, even today, people cook, work, live and sleep. Life happiness, even in urban areas can be focused on a single space. Living in a loft was long a symbol for modern city life. The magic comes from perceiving the reduction to a single room not as a restriction, but rather, as freedom. At a time when in a meritocracy each individual aspires to free space, it suddenly feels good to gather together again as a family. Open living rooms with a cooking island and dining area have once again become the norm in architecture.
Surrounded by the confidants you will find peace.
The bedroom can become this very special private space, where, in self-assured loneliness you can enjoy a good book, or just share conversation as a cozy twosome. There are large and small bedrooms; those with ad joining dressers or with classic war drobes, those which are scaled down to almost just the bed itself or those which can be charmingly furnished as a salon. Sometimes, family life also plays out here while at other times couples enjoy separate, personally furnished bedrooms.