Once a brilliant design idea from Memphis, now a pop-museum-worthy piece, the Tawaraya boxing ring bed is currently exhibited in Paris (in Azzedine Alaia’s gallery, to be more specific).
The Tawaraya boxing ring bed was the work of the Memphis group (a Milan-based handful of extraordinary creative minds in furniture and product design) – that you can actually see in a photo from 1981, in the original ring bed (right after the jump!). A monochrome striped base with multicolored “ropes” and light bulbs at each of the four corners of the ring, the bed was the handy work of Masanori Umeda, a Japanese architect collaborating with Memphis at the time. It was an absolute declaration of love for the color, the use of color in design/architecture.
Karl Lagerfeld himself appreciated the feelings and the ideas of the Memphis group so he furnished his Monte Carlo apartment with them. The Tawaraya boxing ring bed caught his mind (you can’t really say that it caught his heart, who knows what makes the Kaiser tick?) so he took it. Do you think he ever slept in it? (not that the Kaiser ever sleeps, but even so…) (via 1, 2)