Free Your Naps with the Sleep with Us Bed/Backpack

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Many designs these days cater to the unique needs of the urbanite; the urban commuter, the urban homeowner, the urban horticulturist. But now Berlin-based design studio Blond & Bieber have developed a product for a different breed of cosmopolitan; the urban nomad. Inspired by the kepenek, a traditional coat worn by nomadic shepherds, the Sleep With Us backpack/bed tries to reverse the stigma against sleeping in public by offering a discrete way for users to carry a bed on their back for whenever the desire to sleep strikes them. Like the kepenek, which utilizes a heavy felt to allow shepherds a place to sleep wherever they get an opportunity, the Sleep with Us is made of a mix of local German wools in a pattern users can adapt to any environment (be it sleeping in a chair at the airport or on a bench in a park). The unrolled bed is surprisingly a rather large size, almost totally able to wrap around a full-grown adult to give them the privacy a nap warrants and block any exterior light that could prove a distraction. It then neatly stows into its backpack form thanks to a series of simple leather straps, which coordinate well with the colors of the quality wool. While designed for use in cities, this idea could also easily expand to the lot of hikers and campers who’d rather rough it under the stars than tow a tent or trailer along with them. Although currently produced in a limited supply, hopefully this design will hit the market in a larger fashion soon; as for too long those of us who rely on an afternoon nap instead of a mocha frappe have been limited to using our beds or couches to get a much deserved wink of sleep.

Nathaniel Barlam

Nathaniel

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn’t decided yet.
You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

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