Collection by Eujin Rhee

Murphy's Law

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Flashback to the early 1900s: After trying to woo an opera singer, but having to abide by the strict moral code of a woman entering a man's bedroom, William Lawrence Murphy invented the Murphy Bed, a bed that is attached at one side to store against a wall or inside of a closet or cabinet. With this clever invention, he was able to convert his bedroom into a parlor, which then allowed Murphy to entertain his guests (and get the girl?). Jet back to the modern world where these space-saving folding saviors have been a go-to fixture in small living areas across the globe. Click on the slideshow to view our five fold-down bed finds sourced from the Dwell archives.

Furniture designer Pat Carson created a plethora of custom fixtures for the guest room, including a riveted aluminum...
The Murphy bed is raised and lowered by a a hand-cranked wheel and pulley.
By lowering the custom Murphy bed and rolling a sliding plywood door, Novak-Zemplinski creates an insta-guestroom.
"I think of the bed as intimate space," Hughston says, "and putting the bed away—having it out of sight when not in...
Milan Hughston's quiet street in Manhattan's West Village is moments from the neighborhood's boutique shopping and...
The origami-like desktop unfolds to reveal a perforated-steel divider that allows the passage of computer cables hidden...
The interior of the Murphy bed compartment is lined with a stained cork panel and contains a smaller shelving unit for...
Floor-to-ceiling maple sheathes the storage cabinets and the bottom of the Murphy bed, at right.
The Murphy bed in its pulled-down state is backed by mirrors from Sergi's Images Mirrors & Glass to help bounce light...
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