Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Search of Louis Futon; TRENDSHashtag Fever Has Broken out over ... the Humble Mattress. So How Has Bedroom Furniture Inspired Such Devotion? Phoebe Luckhurst Investigates

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Search of Louis Futon; TRENDSHashtag Fever Has Broken out over ... the Humble Mattress. So How Has Bedroom Furniture Inspired Such Devotion? Phoebe Luckhurst Investigates

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Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst

IF MATTRESSES could talk, they'd report some sauce. Surely those springs have seen it all: from extramarital affairs to stashed fortunes to shamefaced hungover grazing. You'd pull up a bar stool, get the G&Ts in, and prepare for an evening of salacious bedtime stories.

Unfortunately, this personification misses the mark. It seems the mattress has found its voice -- and it's of a rather more philosophical refrain. Spotted in a Peckham alleyway last weekend: a double, quilted number proclaiming "Nothing really mattress".

The has voice -- and a rather refrain This black quip seems to be the rallying call of London's malcontent mattresses: the fashion designer Henry Holland recently Instagrammed a picture of another -- different -- mattress scrawled with the same message. This one was hanging out with a chair, who retorted rudely that it, "Couldn't chair less". Passers-by report that the furniture face-off continued -- the mattress threw down Nirvana lyrics, which the chair saw off with a Philip Larkin aphorism -- until both were silenced by the bottoms of some passing drunks.

Across the Channel, the mood is a little lighter. Holland -- fast emerging as the pioneering documenter of this trend -- spied one in Paris, emblazoned "Louis Futon". It scored more than 2,600 likes. #mattress fares even better -- there are almost 50,000 Instagram posts associated with the hashtag. Admittedly some are mattress shops showcasing their wares but there are hundreds of vocal, abandoned mattresses making choice soundbites.

For example, the mournful specimen whimpering, "But I'm trying to sleep WITH you"; the rather gruesome one muttering, "People fell in love on me"; or the enigmatic double which reasons that, "It's easier to be generous than to be fair". The "Nothing really mattress" mantra is repping hard; animals on mattresses are also a prevailing theme.

mattress its last it's The movement has been gaining momentum for a while now. Last summer, the capital was visited by a renegade creative spectre: the "trash artist" Francisco de Pajaro, a Spaniard who roamed Shoreditch and Soho creating art out of piles of boxes, bin bags and mattresses. …

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