By Liz Granger
Special to Tribune Newspapers
January 26, 2013
When was the last time you and your smartphone willingly parted ways?
As we increasingly carry devices such as tablets and smartphones almost all of the time, designers create furniture that addresses a new reality: Technology accompanies its master, even into the bedroom. Of course, for those who prefer the (also trendy) Luddite aesthetic, there's a counter trend. Take your pick or create a mix: Custom foam pillows for a cornhusk-stuffed shikibuton? Why not?
Advocates of modern-day rest embrace the convenience and promise of new technology. They experiment with machines and materials. They likely nod off to devices that tweet, chirp and vibrate. "Seamless integration" is a buzz term.
•Hastens, a Swedish luxury mattress-maker that was founded in 1852, is better known for perfecting the classics than for new-fangled advancement. Still, the company introduced the Lenoria, an adjustable mattress that is Bluetooth-compliant with Android. (hastens.com)
•The Lomme Bed resembles an egg and incorporates light, sound and massage therapies. (lomme.com)
•The HiCan bed boasts a built-in entertainment system that includes a projector, a 70-inch slide-down screen, surround sound, a computer, an Xbox 360, iPod-friendly controls, temperature controls … and more. (hi-can.com)
Advocates of old-school slumber desire the peace and freedom of simplicity. They buy minimalist bedding, often in natural materials. For these sleepers, the bedroom is a sanctuary, and excess machinery only disrupts one's natural rest rhythm. "Sleep hygiene" is a buzz term.
•Seattle-based Soaring Heart has been making natural mattresses for more than 30 years. The business uses latex from Sri Lanka, wool from Northern California and cotton from Texas. Fair-trade, cruelty-free and organic? Of course. (soaringheart.com)
•And speaking of local sourcing … how about a mattress you make yourself? Lynne Cimino created a modular, DIY-mattress kit that can be stuffed with buckwheat hulls, cotton or anything. (openyoureyesbedding.com)