Bridge the pieces’ different time periods with a folding screen.
To resolve the disconnect between the 19th-century, Gothic Revival upholstered bed and the 1960s-style, injection-molded plastic storage unit, Manhattan designer
looked for a third element that would reference both eras. He chose a folding screen—common, he said, to 19th-century bedrooms—zeroing in on a teak one with caned inserts that speaks to the night stand’s modernist aesthetic. Mr. Beckstedt would place the screen around the headboard or adjacent to a window. Danish Modern Caned Folding Screen, $5,200, 1stdibs.com
Hang lights that merge straight and curved lines.
wanted to “unite the pieces graphically” and cool the tension between the boxy bed and the rounded night stand. Her answer: A pair of vintage Verner Panton pendant lights. Their strands of mother-of-pearl discs hang straight down while the discs themselves are curvy. And she would introduce another, matching Kartell night stand. “I imagined flanking the bed with two tables with a light over each,” she said. Verner Panton Fun 2 DM Ceiling Lamps, $1,800 each, 1stdibs.com
Lay an antique rug with a modern pattern.
Though this Iranian flat-weave rug, chosen by
a partner at Canadian design firm Les Ensembliers, is vintage, its modern striped pattern connects it to the contemporary night stand. If the rug were as exuberantly colored as the bed, he explained, they would conspire to overpower the scene. “This bed has such a strong personality, the rug needs to be second,” he said. The staggered stripes are bold enough to anchor the bed but read as neutral. Wool Flat Weave, 7’6” x 11’3”, $4,800, abchome.com
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