This is a design that explores both narrative and production methods. The bed was made in Birmingham by a company who would normally produce standard park benches. They were able to manufacture the bed using their existing tooling jigs, skills and material suppliers, for a fraction of the price of a hand built bed, made by other UK joinery firms. They were also able to include other lovely details such as the engraved text in the headboard and they explained the bed would be “vandal proof”.
There are associations of sleeping on a park bench that provide a narrative to fall asleep to.
The first sleeping rough bed was made in 2000.