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The stunning V-leg Bed is hand built with 26-layer plywood and supported by brushed chrome plated steel V-legs. This minimal profile features sturdy plywood framing and headboard offered in three finishes. (Mattress and bedding are not included.)
Material(s): Plywood, metal
Sturdy, well made, worth it 100%
By: B.W. (Pasadena, CA)
This bed exceeded my expectations..it is sturdy, well built and looks amazing. Honestly, it looks like it is worth more than we paid and not like a cheap piece of furniture that is going to fall apart. The metal legs are thick steel and not flimsy. Very glad we made this purchase!
Classic design...Craftsmanship...Made in America.
By: Kevin W., Homeowner (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
I am impressed with the craftsmanship of the product. The construction and feel of the bed frame is very sturdy and assembly is simple. Not only is the style of the case study amazing, it is also functional. It works well in our small bedroom because the platform fits our mattress perfectly and the headboard is vertical with a little give from its supports, maximizing space. The headboard height works well with our 5" wool mattress and 2" wool topper. I believe any mattress over 10" may look a little strange. The metal V-legs are simple and create a clean look. Overall, I am very pleased with our case study bed and believe it will be around longer than I am.
Worth the Wait
By: Yana (Houston)
We have been incredibly pleased. The bed is comfortable, elegant, and versatile, merging easily with nearly every style of decor
By: Kathy B. (Californis)
I love the bed but beware. It took a very long time to get the bed due to production delays. Curbside delivery means curbside delivery. If you want white glove delivery where they put the bed together for you it is $400 which I think is exorbitant.
High quality, easy installation.
By: Paul K., Homeowner (Austin tx)
Great product that looks sharp. Arrived in about 5 weeks due to being custom built
By: Meadowbrook_Acres, Homeowner (Oklahoma City, OK)
The Nelson Case Study V-Leg bed is a true piece of art. It is sometimes nerve racking buying a bed from an online merchant and not being able to kick the tires sort to speak. Please consider this review your tire kicking. The bed is very solidly constructed and construction is simple. It took me 90 minutes to assemble and 20 minutes of the time was spent locating a socket wrench, which is needed for assembly. I purchased the full size version in walnut. Please keep in mind the all walnuts are not created equal and you may want to request a swatch. I matched the bed with Eames wire side tables, which although they sit low, fit perfectly as night stands. This should give you an idea of how low the bed sits, but it look fits well. The bed's brushed metal V-legs can scratch up your floor, especially if wood. I have bamboo and got around this be placing an accent rug underneath and felt pads under the legs still in contact with the bamboo. If you're looking to pair this bed with a mattress and bedding, I recommend a low profile mattress 9 inches or less. This allows you to really appreciate the beautiful wood of the headboard. The trim wood around the perimeter of the bed is best shown off with tight fitting quality sheets, maybe of a complementary color and a duvait at the foot of the bed. Delivery took 4 weeks. I would have chosen white glove delivery, but I could not locate that option at check out. As I mentioned before, assembly was pretty straight forward, but the box was pretty heavy, and required 2 people to carry it upstairs. There is also a second smaller box the had much of the hardware, screws and bolts that was relatively light. Yliving was very responsive to my questions of "where is my bed?". Overall, great purchase. Be aware of the finish you choose.
By: Dave, Homeowner (Los Angeles, CA.)
The Case Study V-leg bed is well made and as described on the website. A slight difference I noticed was that the website photo shows a portion of the wood frame exposed around the perimeter, but my standard width queen mattress extends from edge to edge. Although not visible once the mattress is installed, some areas of the wood frame have dark patches of plywood compared to the adjacent areas. Something I am not used to seeing on properly sanded plywood.
Fast, Reliable Service
By: Aaron T., Homeowner (Washington, DC)
I was reluctant to purchase a bed from an on-line retailer rather than a brick and mortar store, but I'm thrilled with the result. I got my bed in less than a week, it was in great shape, and the service has been been fantastic.
Very nice, but you'll have to be patient
By: Robert, Homeowner (Dallas)
The bed itself: As others have written, this bed is very nice, clean, simple, and sleek. So I won't comment any further on that (just get it already). Plus I find it reasonably priced but that's in the eye of the beholder. As a side note, you can smell the wood finish (I have natural), but it isn't unpleasant or "chemical". They aren't joking when they say that the mattress should be 9in or less. To me it just doesn't look right with a bigger mattress (I hadn't ordered my new one in time due to my disgust of the mattress industry so I got to see it with my old 11in). Shipping: If I could order it again, I'd get white glove service -- I had standard shipping, the shipper lost the second box with the hardware, and was unable to meet the second 4-hour delivery window -- but that's neither the bed's nor Y-Living's fault (they were great). All told it took over 8 weeks to get everything, over 10 phone calls, countless emails, and 10 hours of waiting for deliveries (if you're the instant gratification type consider Ikea instead). Wrangling the California King frame up to the third floor was an experience but doable (I called Modernica and they said that the frame will lose its structural integrity when trying to take it apart, so I didn't try). Leave the styrofoam packaging on and both the frame and your stairs will thank you. Assembly: The assembly isn't difficult, but the instructions are for an older incarnation of this bed. My version used what I would deem mechanically superior yet optically inferior bolts instead of the screws. The bolts will hold everything together in a much better way, but the topside of the bed has plastic covers hiding the hex nuts. You'll need a #3 Philips driver for the headboard (which still uses screws), and for the platform legs a stubby very wide flathead and a 14mm socket wrench. Put it on casters or something to avoid scratching your hardwoods.
Well worth the wait!
By: Tony M., Renter (New York, NY)
It took close to 8 weeks to receive this bed but it was well worth the wait. I just moved into a studio apartment, got rid of my Queen size bed and made the mistake of buying a bulky Full size platform bed with drawers. I thought that having a smaller footprint would make the apartment look bigger. I soon realized this was not the case and after doing a little research found this bed. It's simple lines and low profile were the perfect solution to my problem. Even thought I purchased the bed in Queen my "bedroom" looks so much bigger! The bed is beautiful and extremely well made. A few notes on the bed and Y-Living: the transaction was a breeze and the sales rep (Allison) was very helpful. Free shipping was a big plus. The platform is one piece so make sure you have someone around when this bed is delivered. The box is big and heavy! Also, make sure it will fit in doorways/stairs. The bed looks best with a mattress only and a duvet/coverlet that can be tucked under the mattress. You want to show off as much of the wood as possible. Oh, and it's very easy to assemble.
Very nice product
By: G.H., Homeowner (Michigan)
Received my Case study as advertised in good time and the delivery guy even helped carry in into my house. This bed is well made (I ordered the classic finish). Goes together very nicely using heavy duty carriage bolts to hold the legs and headboard brackets. The metal mesh is a nice feature - but my tempurpedic mattress can slide around on the mesh (while making the bed etc.). The bed is extremely solid - no moving around or creeks. Great retro mid century timeless styling too. 5 stars would be perfect - and while this bed comes close, it's a solid 4 stars.
I LOVE THIS BED!!!
By: Virginia S., Designer (Clifton, NJ)
The Case Study V-Leg bed with steel legs is a great looking and very sturdy bed. I love the Mid-Century Modern Hairpin legs! It makes my Laura Ashley Sleepy's pillowtop mattress even more comfortable than it felt on a metal bed frame. At first I put just the mattress on the bed so that the headboard would show more but it was not as comfortable. So, luckily, my box spring is a low-profile one. It only measures about 6" and my mattress measures 11" high, which totals 17". With both mattress and boxspring on the bed, you couldn't see the headboard. So, I fixed the problem by drilling another hole in back of it and raising up the headboard a few inches. I have it attached by one row of screws instead of 3 but it is fine because it is against a wall. The only complaint I have about this bed is the headboard should be bigger in height. But is is solid Maple and extremely well made. I like it better than the similar one at other online retailers, which is double the price and not nearly as sturdy.
Simple, sleek and well-crafted.
By: Paul R., Renter (Austin, TX)
I have longed for this bed ever since I first learned of the Case Study series nearly 10 years ago. Despite a large number of design studios producing scores of amazing pieces in that span, I didn't hesitate for a second when it came time to make my decision: V-leg in natural. The bed's craftsmanship is superb. As the platform is a single piece, the bed is extremely heavy (137 lbs from the UPS estimate). That said, once it was up a flight of stairs and in my bedroom, construction was very straight forward (make sure to have a power drill to make things easier). The bed was just as I imagined: perfect. The height was as low as I had hoped, the frame and headboard were simple and unobtrusive. The steel legs provided a wonderful accent and worked well with my Eames LTR tables that I use as night stands (almost exact same height as platform). The only regret I have is that I didn't purchase this sooner.
Modern, Streamlined, Sturdy
By: Beecham, Renter (Rhode Island)
I am delighted with the Case Study V-Leg. The classic George Nelson design, with its simple shape, stylish hairpin legs, and layered plywood detailing, is faithfully reproduced. Putting it together was straightforward, especially with helpers and a socket wrench. It's very solidly made, with some give in the brackets holding the headboard. I got the Queen sized bed and it was delivered quickly, without the additional White Glove service. The platform is all one piece and is heavy, but with help from 2 friends, we were able to get it up to my apartment without too much struggle. I've put some small rubber caster cups under the legs to avoid having them dent the soft hardwood floors in my apartment. The platform with the metal mesh is stiffer than most box springs, so I also found that my old mattress is more comfortable on the Case Study bed. I'm very happy with the height: it's on the lower end of things, modern, and doesn't dominate the room. I have a regular 8" mattress, but I think a thicker mattress would look good, too, without throwing off the visual balance. It looks especially attractive with the bedding neatly folded around the mattress to show off the full effect of the bed.
Timeless elegant modern bed that will always make me happy that I bought the bed
By: Janice H., Homeowner (Corona del Mar)
Although the bed frame was about 8 inches shorter than my king size mattress, the bed looked beautiful after it's made. But the most surprising element was that when we slept on it, it was so much better than the old box spring. The metal meshed spring made the bed so comfortable that I felt not only did we get a stylish bed frame but also got a whole new mattress as well. The bed is well made and heavy (close to 80 pounds) and it is beautifully simple. I just love the bed!!! I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in modern bed.
Designer: George Nelson
An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.
The first break was being named an editor of Architectural Forum magazine. Working on a story there in 1942, he was looking at aerial photos of blighted cities when--zap!--he developed the concept of the downtown pedestrian mall, which was unveiled in the Saturday Evening Post.
Soon after, another zap led to the Storagewall, the first modular storage system and a forerunner of systems furniture. The Storagewall was showcased in a 1945 Life magazine article, causing a sensation in the furniture industry. Herman Miller founder D.J. DePree saw the article and was so impressed that he paid a visit to Nelson in New York and convinced him to be his director of design, which spurred Nelson to found his design firm, George Nelson & Associates. The warm personal and professional relationship between Nelson and DePree yielded a stunning range of products, from the playful Marshmallow Sofa to the first L-shaped desk, a precursor of today's workstation.
Nelson once wrote that Herman Miller "is not playing follow-the-leader." That's one reason why George Nelson & Associates worked with Herman Miller for over 25 years as they shepherded design into the modern era.
During this same period, George Nelson & Associates also created many landmark designs of products, showrooms, and exhibitions for a variety of companies and organizations.
Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as antihuman." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.
Prix de Rome for architecture, 1932
Best Office of the Year, New York Times, 1953
Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of New York, 1953
Good Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, 1954
Trailblazer Award, National Home Furnishings League, 1954
Chairman, International Design Conference in Aspen, 1965, 1982
Scholar in Residence, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Design, 1984
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1991
Permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.
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Modernica has been hand-building Modernist furniture at its state-of-the-art facility in downtown Los Angeles for more than 20 years. From George Nelson's iconic Bubble Lamps, to the distinctive Case Study furniture line to their own original designs, Modernica has built its reputation on quality craftsmanship and authentic mid-century reissues.
Modernica was founded on the principles and the passion of the vibrant North American Modernism movement and is committed to the legacy of making design available and accessible to the masses. Modernica Studio functions as a design collective with everyone participating and sharing in a united responsibility to the ideologies of the past, while evolving with the times and introducing new products and new ideas that hold true to Modernism's core values.View other products from Modernica