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Everday Design 2:Design Sleeping

Hongkongers may be the most sleep-deprived people on the planet.

Citizens can be seen dozing off in broad daylight everywhere. Starting with their lethargic demeanour, we tell the evolutionary tale of bed design in Hong Kong. The bunk bed, cage bed, transformer bed, and smart capsule bed are all based on the principle of stacking in a 1 m x 2 m space. The multi-level beds and buildings actually reflect the changes in city’s living environment: from cage homes and public housing estates to nano flats and rent-by-the-hour hostels.

We often preach about how designs should be people-oriented, but sometimes they may just be born of necessity.

The people of Hong Kong work their fingers to the bone at the expense of their sleep, just to chase the pipe dream of being able to afford a space that they can call their own. But if we do not sleep, how can we dream for a better future?

The various bed designs are a reflection of how the people of this city view work, rest, and dreams.
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