Ted Synnott is an industrial designer based in Tāmaki Makaurau who specialises in designing pieces reduced to their very essence.
At the extreme, this purity found form in Chair Frame, made from five pieces of timber that appear to grow out of one another. There’s a little humour here – it’s not really a chair for sitting on, more a form to admire or drape things over – a coat, say, or maybe your jeans at the end of the day.
Now, Synnott has released the Home bed. And what timing! With the Covid restrictions of 2021 sending us home, and with a little more time in bed than usual, it should be in one that is sublime, and has back support for all that reading.
Built from more than 90 horizontal and vertical slats that intersect at right angles, it’s solid, but light in appearance. It is the essence of a bed frame – and there’s a wry little joke here too, a play on the slats on frames that normally stay hidden.
With his latest design, Synnott is true to form – Home bed works with a primary shape that exudes a sense of calm.