Thursday, August 1

David Ling, Upstairs: A Cantilevered Bed, a Waterfall

Yesterday I introduced the loft of architect David Ling, which you can read about here. Today I'll lead you onto the I Ching steppingstone blocks and across the pond (below) to the stairs that lead to the bedroom. (If you'd like to throw virtual I Ching, the link at the end of this sentence will lead you to a random throw. I've always been intrigued by John Cage's use of the ancient method.)

UPDATE: A reader wisely asks: "Where's the cat throne?" It's the large conical metal piece in the foreground of the photo below, cantilevered from the ceiling. It opens to the front, and there's a soft blanket inside. There's another photo of it at the end of this post. 
A couple of artists painted the wall with 24 layers of ultramarine blue, black, and shellac so it would develop a patina. The cantilevered bed, constructed of 2x4 framing and clad in plywood and salvaged wood flooring, is painted a custom mix of espresso and black. What you can't see in these photos, because it's not turned on, is a waterfall that cascades from the foot of the bed to the pond below, where it flows throughout the system and is recycled. One of its effects, says David, when admired from the ground floor, is that it obscures the harsh diagonal of the stair and becomes yet another device to partition the space.

The open shower is a sloping U-shape of galvanized metal, a nod to David's appreciation of the conical. Richard Serra. Calla lilies. Tornadoes. It also echoes the conical cat throne downstairs. The curtain conceals the doldrums of everyday, and a time machine. Mei Mei claims the Josef Hoffmann settee as her second-floor velvet perch. 
The view from the front, with the galvanized-metal cat throne visible in the background, on the right: