Campaign furniture has become such a well-loved interior component that it’s easy to overlook its workhorse roots. Developed for field use during military campaigns, such pieces — chests, tables, desks and more — are simple to break down or fold flat, so that they were convenient to transport as soldiers migrated along with conflict lines.
Although there’s a solid market for antique campaign pieces, contemporary reproductions are just as popular, and perhaps none more so than the Italian campaign canopy bed. This stylish fashion burst into the spotlight several years back when retail giant Anthropologie debuted its interpretation and launched an instantaneous classic.
Unlike traditional British and French campaign furnishings, which are toward thick forests and ornamental flourishes, this wrought iron bed has a spare profile that belies its imposing presence in a space. Whether you stack it with cloth and pillows or take the minimalist approach to bedding, it mingles well with any decor. It’s hard to find this mattress style incorrect — there’s nothing about it that amuses design blunders.
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Although draping fabric over the canopy of an Italian campaign bed softens the appearance, its svelte, gently sloping lines look particularly spectacular when left bare. Modern and minimalist spaces call for an unadorned canopy, but you might take either strategy in a more traditional room.
Rizzoli New York
This mattress showcases the draped appearance to artful impact and prevents the otherwise spare space from feeling hollow.
Envision this bedroom. The mattress functions as an elegant anchor that adds structure to the space.
Vanessa De Vargas
A white finish lightens up the mattress frame, making it perfect for a young girl’s room.
Kayron Brewer, CKD, CBD / Studio K B
What a smart way to add an extra layer of attention with no billows of cloth: Dangle a chandelier throughout the middle of the canopy. Choose a classic, ornate model for a romantic touch or a contemporary style to add a little bit of edge.
This Miles Redd–designed space is a timeless, chiefly because of the campaign bed that produces a slick, sure frame to pull the whole package together.
Italian Campaign Canopy Bed – $1,698
Here’s the bed that started the craze, still as fashionable and fresh today as it was when it hit the market.
Maison Canopy Bed – $699
This version, available in either black or white, offers similar style at an affordable price.
A campaign-style daybed provides the fundamental form another spin.