Ella & Louis Give the Murphy Bed a Modern Update

Whether you’ve just downsized and need space-saving furnishings or are looking to outfit a guest room or vacation home, Ella & Louis may be the solution. This modernized wall bed with integrated sofa, designed by Pierluigi Colombo for Resource Furniture, is flexible and self-standing, meaning it can be installed just about anywhere you have the space. Made in Italy, Ella & Louis features a variety of sleeping arrangements. Simply press the hidden release button and watch the Queen Plus size bed and sofa separate into two single beds with integrated armchairs.

The designer of the Ella & Louis murphy bed, Pierluigi Colombo, works as Art Director and Senior Product Designer at Clei – the company his father founded in 1963. The elder Colombo saw the murphy bed’s potential, but decided the operating mechanisms and overall design needed an overhaul. Since then, Clei has been developing a variety of transformable systems: fold-away tables, morphing bunk beds, even a revolving queen-sized bed with a shelving system. After studying architecture and design, Pierluigi expanded upon on his father’s idea and created Clei’s first wall bed with an integrated sofa. You can learn more about the the designer of the modern murphy bed here.

Pierluigi Colombo

Pierluigi Colombo

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Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.