History's Most Famous Beds
At Yogabed, we’re really into beds. And having made more than 20,000 of them, we like to think we know a bit on the subject. So when the topic “famous beds” came up at the office, we all chimed in with our faves. Herewith, Yogabed’s official, indisputable list of The Most Interesting Beds In The History of the World.
The Hamburger Bed.
Elvis wasn’t just a legendary singer, he was a style icon, which explains why his bed at Graceland was truly fit for a king. Oversized and round (his daughter Lisa Marie christened it the “hamburger bed” for its bun-like shape), it was fitted out with both a TV and stereo system in the headboard.
Van Gogh’s Bed at Arles.
The artist’s paintings now fetch hundreds of millions at auction. But in 1888 when he first painted his bedroom at Arles, he was a penniless young Dutchman in the south of France. Three versions of the painting survive (they were reunited for the first time this year in Chicago), and they brilliantly capture van Gogh’s unique, masterly use of both color and perspective.
The “Princess and The Pea” Bed.
We’re all in favor of nighttime comfort, but this is going a bit far. Twenty mattresses (according to the fairy tale) were piled one atop the other to make a bed suitable for “true” royalty—with one little pea placed at the bottom as a test. Sure enough, the princess detected the tiny annoyance and protested, proving her exquisite sensitivity and winning a prince’s hand.
The Bedknobs and Broomsticks Bed.
In this 1971 musical, a young witch-in-training (Angela Landsbury, who would go on to greater Disney fame as the voice of Beauty and the Beast’s Mrs. Potts) casts a spell on the bed of three children who somehow end up helping defeat the Nazis in the Battle of Britain. (Interesting note: The children, like van Gogh’s three bedroom paintings, were also reunited in 2016.)
John & Yoko’s “Bed-In For Peace” Bed.
This one tops our list of well-known beds. When former Beatle John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono were wed in 1969 they used the occasion of their honeymoon to stage a new kind of demonstration, aimed at ending the war in Vietnam. Hosting friends and the media at the Amsterdam Hilton, John and Yoko performed their version of a “sit-in”—a non-violent protest that included the recording of a song that would go on to become a classic: Give Peace A Chance.