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Hotel Peter & Paul by StudioWTA and ASH NYC

Eight bedrooms featuring regal four-poster beds

There's no symbol of luxury more universal than the four-poster bed. In this lookbook, we select eight bedrooms elevated by their presence.

Beds with vertical columns in each corner supporting an upper panel date back to the medieval period.

Originally built with wraparound curtains to keep out the cold and provide privacy, they have historically been associated with highly ornate designs for nobility.

Today the four-poster bed remains an unmistakable statement piece of furniture, and the list below sees the concept applied to a variety of bedroom settings, from the traditional to the contemporary.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring bedrooms with wood panelling, lounges with suspended fireplaces and homes with vaulted ceilings.

House at the Schopfacker by Bernardo Bader
Photo by Adolf Bereuter

House on the Schopfacker, Switzerland, by Bernardo Bader Architects

Austrian studio Bernardo Bader Architects created this reinterpretation of the traditional Alpine chalet in the Swiss village of Trogen for an art and antique furniture collector.

In the bedroom, a grand carved four-poster bed contrasts with contemporary chrome-edged furniture, as well as the concrete ceiling and the pale larch walls and floor.

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The Ned Hotel by Soho House&Co and Sydell Group
Photo courtesy of Soho House

The Ned, UK, by Soho House and Sydell Group

The Ned is an upscale hotel formed out of a historic London bank originally designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens.

Soho House worked with New York-based Sydell Group to give the bedrooms a 1920s feel, with large, mahogany four-poster beds bearing richly patterned curtains and set among other lavish details like walnut panelling and restored chandeliers.

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Hotel Peter & Paul by StudioWTA and ASH NYC
Photo courtesy of StudioWTA and ASH NYC

Hotel Peter and Paul, USA, by StudioWTA and ASH NYC

Crucifixes top the black four-poster beds inside the rooms of this New Orleans hotel as a nod to the building's past as a church, rectory and convent.

New York Design firm ASH NYC continued the religious iconography with paintings of saints on the walls, while traditional furniture and furnishings give the space a sense of timelessness.

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Villa Pelícanos by Main Office
Photo by Rafael Gamo

Villa Pelícanos, Mexico, by Main Office

This thatch-roof seaside villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean features a rustic four-poster bed hung with gauzy white curtains.

Part of a 1980s holiday village renovated by architecture studio Main Office, the interior marries Mexican materials with South African elements – parota wood furniture sitting among a bright, blank backdrop delivered by the white walls and smooth concrete floor.

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The Tri-Pod bedroom for a throuple by Scott Whitby Studio
Photo by Nicholas Worley

The Tri-Pod, UK, by Scott Whitby Studio

Designed for a polyamorous throuple, this bespoke boudoir by London-based Scott Whitby Studio has enough space for three people to sleep together comfortably.

The architects chose to reimagine the traditional four-poster as a divider of space as well as a piece of furniture. Above the closable walnut sleeping space is a mezzanine for reading and relaxation.

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The Sackett Street townhouse's main bedroom's hand-crafted bed
Photo by Travis Williams/Travis Mark

Sackett Street townhouse, USA, by The Brooklyn Home Company

The wooden four-poster bed in the main bedroom of this Brooklyn townhouse was designed and hand-crafted by Fitzhugh Karol, a sculptor-in-residence at The Brooklyn Home Company.

It sits in the middle of a bright and airy bedroom with white oak floors, white-painted walls and an adjacent private terrace.

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Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design
Photo courtesy of Hunter Mabry Design

Henry Howard Hotel, USA, by Hunter Mabry Design

Another New Orleans hotel renovation, this time with a sleek black metal four-poster bed that adds a gently modern touch to the rooms.

New York studio Hunter Mabry Design juxtaposed the contemporary bed with antique furnishings and vintage brass instruments that reference the city's jazz heritage.

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Xiang Jiang House by Claesson Koivisto Rune
Photo courtesy of Claesson Koivisto Rune

Xiang Jiang House, China, by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune included a modern take on the traditional four-poster bed in this Beijing house that was designed to have a Scandinavian feel.

An oversized plinth provides room for a bedside table lamp, enhancing the sense of tranquility and cosiness in the bedroom among the extra-wide floorboards and pale-wood wall panelling.

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This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring bedrooms with wood panelling, lounges with suspended fireplaces and homes with vaulted ceilings.