Build a contemporary pencil-post bed
Jeremy Zietz gives this Shaker classic new panache with tapered facets, beveled cutouts, and ebonized ash.
Synopsis: Jeremy Zietz designed a contemporary bed that references several classic forms. The handplaned, faceted posts give a nod to the American Windsor; the cutouts, curves, and wide chamfers evoke Danish Modern design. The streamlined look is possible because if clever joinery that combines slip tenons with steel bolts to hide the bed-bolt hardware. The headboard not only has curves, chambers, and cutouts, but also a rolled top edge.
In designing this bed I set out to make a stately piece with a light, clean presence. I wanted to reference the classic Shaker pencil-post form, but also to make a nod to early American Windsors, which I did with the slightly wandering hand-planed facets on the posts. By adding to those elements some streamlined Danish Modern touches—the cutouts and curves rimmed with wide chamfers on the headboard and footboard—as well as a pigmented finish on the ash, I aimed to…