Frame dreaming

In this issue of Elle Décor there is a house I did in Malibu and the feature includes a full page photo of the master bedroom’s bed. As simplistic as this bed looks, it was one of the biggest engineering headaches I’ve had in a long time. I wanted the headboard, which is traditional, to float in a contemporary frame. But the complete width of the headboard was exactly the same width as the mattress, so we had to figure out how to have the headboard float within the frame and allow enough space between the mattress and frame to be practical and have all this look the way I envisioned it.


Master Bedroom featured in the May 2009 issue of Elle Decor

Master Bedroom featured in the May 2009 issue of Elle Decor

So if you look at the picture, you’ll know that what seems so simple took many meetings with four entities – the frame maker, the metal person, someone responsible for the guilded part of the headboard as well as the upholsterer. Who says simple is easy?


  • Lara

    Hi Vicente,
    Well, I was just looking at the Elle Decor mag ooh and aaahing at this bed and the whole bedroom, logged on to send you a question regarding the room, when lo and behold your blog today is precisely about this bed. It is fabulous….so, can you share the colour info used in the room…the whole combination is sublime…paint color, Donghia wool color on headboard and ottoman, fabric and colour on the upholstered wall, fabric and color of duvet?


    April 30, 2009
  • In many cases, simple ends up being the most tricky. Oversized glass tiles in a shower for example…Simple tiles, painful and nearly impossible installation, thanks to the tricky, chunky hardware chosen the shower. Despite this, the end result was fantastic and well worth the trouble.

    This bed is absolutely stunning and probably one of the best, most innovative beds I’ve seen. Would you mind if I featured it on my own blog?

    April 30, 2009
  • Lauri

    I saw that bed in the magazine and wondered how you did it. It is beautiful!

    May 01, 2009
  • But simple in this case is fabulous, xv.

    May 01, 2009
  • So glad you went the extra mile to make it happen. It is gorgeous!

    May 01, 2009
  • Sarah – Thanks for the compliment, I wouldn’t mind you featuring it on your blog at all.

    May 04, 2009
  • Hi Lara – thanks for the compliment! The wall behind the bed is upholstered in 3′ squares in ‘Algonquin’ silk in Sea Mist color. All the other walls were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Patriotic White. The ceiling and trims were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White in a satin finish. We had drapery panels custom made out of 100% silk and the tie-on panel behind the bed is a linen weave. The bed was completely custom-made – from the upholstered frame (‘Linos’ linen in Daiquiri color) to the comforter (100% silk ‘Silk Tapis’ in Ice Blue color) to the throw pillows and chair. The night table and chest on the left are from VW Home. The one on the right is an antique I picked up in the south of France. Hope this helps!

    May 04, 2009
  • suri

    I love this bedroom……simply stunning! You mentioned you used Patriotic White by Benjamin Moore………I’m looking for a good white to paint the entire house in. Walls, ceilings, doors, trims. Floors and windows are dark espresso. Do you have any favourite whites that you like to use?

    May 10, 2009
  • Hi Suri – I am a great fan of Benjamin Moore’s Super White (use it in my own home as well). It’s creates the perfect blank canvas.

    May 11, 2009
  • christiana Masucci

    Dear Vincente,
    I have followed your work for years and soon I hope to retain you for a future project..In the mean time I love this bed that you designed for the house in Malibu. Any possibility that you would consider making another one? By the way a wonderful gallery in NYC is Amaridian at 31 Howard St. Contemporary South African which I think you could use in your interiors. You are amazing!!!

    March 07, 2010

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