Fit for a queen: designer beds go up for auction

Fancy tucking yourself into a one-of-a-kind designer bed every night? Then look out for these beauties on TradeMe next Monday.

Fancy tucking yourself into a one-of-a-kind designer bed every night? Then look out for these beauties on TradeMe next Monday, where they'll be listed for auction, with all proceeds going to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Artist Otis Frizzell, illustrator Kelly Thompson, muso Hollie Smith and fashion designer Tanya Carlson have all put their creative caps on to design a unique print each to cover a bespoke Sealy queen bed.
“This is a first for us and we couldn’t be happier with the result so far. All of the designs are completely different, but all very striking in their own way,” Sealy NZ marketing manager Jenni Gaze said.

“Given our large female customer base, we felt this was an ideal fit for us and a charitable organisation which we’re proud to be associated with."
Check out simulations of the four bed designs below.
Otis Frizzell – Flowerbed
 otis frizzell flowerbed sealy limited edition breast cancer

“Since the whole project was about getting involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month I really wanted to do something with a feminine twist. I love painting flowers and then I came up with The Flowerbed design, which clinched it!”
Hollie Smith – Kaleidoscope
hollie smith kaleidoscope bed sealy limited edition
"I wanted to find something a bit different, incorporating loads of vibrant colour without it being a specific picture. With this in mind I looked into a pixelated theme then into a kaleidoscopic theme and managed to create a reference that ended up incorporating the two.”
Kelly Thompson – Flamingos
kelly thompson flamingos bed sealy limited edition breast cancer“I've had a little thing for flamingos for a while and have been drawing them in my spare time. When approached to do a textile design for Sealy I thought it would be a perfect time to use them, particularly considering that the colour used to promote Breast Cancer Awareness is pink.”
Tanya Carlson – Morocco
tanya carlson limited edition sealy bed morocco for breast cancer“I have always loved Morocco and been inspired by the colours and designs of their beautiful, intricate handmade tiles and wanted my design to have the same rich, baroque feel. Your bed should also be a place of beautiful dreams and restful sleep, so my design recalls the rich colours and exotic designs of the faraway places we all dream of visiting.” 

(Seems a shame to cover something like this up with sheets and blankets – but maybe, like buying expensive lingerie, just knowing what lies beneath is thrill enough.)

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