In 1932 the young, handsome and flamboyant Maharajah of Indore commissioned a magnificent Art Deco bed for his palace “The Temple of the Rubies”. The bed was designed by the leading French designer Louis Sognot and made in aluminium and chromed metal.
In 1991 I designed a similar bed in light blond burr ash for Sir Elton John. I have just designed and delivered a bed almost identical to the Maharajah’s bed for a leading Rock Star. This bed, however, is made not of aluminium, but in green lacquered wood with a large panel of Shagreen (sharkskin) on the headboard.
It is a very complicated design and it took the highly skilled cabinet makers four months to make. The wood had to be kiln dried and all the chrome mounts and fittings had to be specially designed, cast, chromed and hand polished to a very high standard.
I have designed and made many fine beds over the years as they are one of the more popular bespoke items we make. This bed is one of the most exciting projects I have produced but also one of the most complex