No matter what you think of the concept behind La Trottoir flat sheets and Home duvet covers and pillow cases, you have to admit they’re quite striking in execution. The La Trottoir flat sheet mimics a city sidewalk with a crisp photographic print of pavement; the Home duvet cover and pillow case feature a just-as-arresting print of a cardboard box.
The idea here is clever — “sleeping on the street while in the comfort of your bedroom” — but it’s also quite a serious one as 30 percent of gross profits from the sale of Home duvet covers and pillow cases is donated to Centrepoint, a wonderful U.K.-based charity that provides housing and services to homeless and at-risk teenagers and young adults. And although the bedding is not crafted from organic cotton as far as I know, it is responsibly made in Turkey and Pakistan.

The minute I saw the La Trottoir sheets and Home duvet covers used together, I was amazed by the aesthetic effect. I was also pleased to read about the charity that their sale helps support. But I can also see why some would think sleeping in bed on a faux sidewalk under a faux cardboard box would be considered tasteless, insensitive. What do you think? Is this bedding a noble, well-executed effort or ironic design gone too far? 


La Trottoir flat sheets (£39.95, single; £54.95, king), Home duvet cover (£49.95, king; £42.95, double; £33.95, single), Home pillow case (£5.95) @ 

Via [Design Milk]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Sleeping-on-the-streets sheets
A bedding set printed in realistic pavement and cardboard box designs keep you cozy while benefiting a good cause. Is it tasteless or altruistic? Or a little bi