An exhibition in New York last month, organized by PIN-UP Magazine and held at Phillips de Pury & Company, explored the nightstand, that humble catch-all by the side of your bed. PIN-UP invited eleven American artists, architects, and designers to rethink and reinvent the nightstand, and the results were displayed for ten days and then sold off. It's over now, but I thought I'd share the inventive results in a slideshow. You can also check out a short video about the project here.
Aranda/Lasch's piece is made from a single ten-foot-long gold zipper, black leather, and a vinyl composite structure. The piece unzips to reveal a dark pink velvet lining.
For people who want more than a single glass of water by their bed, this nightstand by Leon Rasmeier should do the trick. A five-gallon jug with integrated pump ensures you'll never wake up parched again.
To create this bedside table, musician Michael Stipe cast the underside of his "cheap plastic chair" in a semi-soft, durable plastic typically used to make pickup truck bed liners.
The 200-pound nightstand by Situ Studio is made of two kinds of cement: 'Rapid Set' concrete (the lighter hue) and 'Crack-Resistant Quickrete' concrete (the darker). The off-kilter piece contains cast impressions made in the shape of plastic bottles, paperback novels, keys, and also some, um, sexier shapes...
Shawn Maximo's nightstand is made from pressure-treated wood, MDF, glass, mirror, neon, and brass. It's intended for the display of illicit objects, or to act as a "mini-convenience store beside the bed," said Maximo.
Jim Drain's nightstand, made of cedar, paint, and steel, was inspired by a 1918 Piet Mondrian painting.
A mixed-media nightstand by Paul Kopkau has a surrealist look about it.
Rich Brilliant Willing's piece, assembled from brushed aluminum, belting leather, and glass, forgoes storage space entirely, acting simply as a handsome bed-high table surface.
RO/LU's cubist plywood nightstand was inspired by an Ettore Sottsass cabinet discovered online. The slots are intended to store magazines.
The circle on Paul Lee's piece, crafted from wood, acrylic paint, tambourine bells, and a lightbulb, glows pinkish-yellow like the moon.
A sharp-edged nightstand by Rafael de Cardenas and Evan Gruzis, made from paint, MDF, and glass, puts everything on display.