The practice of placing a post on a bed’s four corners were initially intended to provide a frame for canopies to hang on, back when people generally needed additional fortification against the elements, or an extra layer of privacy. Posts were just posts — they had a utilitarian purpose to fulfill.
Then the bedposts became more like design statements, marks status and taste, as they became a decorative feature. Upon them the excess and grandiosity of the Baroque and Victorian eras were unleashed with impunity. The posts were carved, painted, and embellished with all kinds of ornate details and hung with heavy brocades and other rich fabrics.
The idea of four poster beds may seem so old-fashioned, but one wouldn’t think it with these ones here. The design aesthetics of the past century have evolved the look and feel of four-poster beds. In some instances, they have been whittled down to become bedroom bastions of geometric simplicity. And some takes on it integrate elements from different cultures in different corners of the world.
But no matter how modern four-poster beds get, they’ll always retain the air of decadence and luxury that their predecessors were steeped in.