Lawrence, Hospital Beds by Design

Ghislaine Lawrence, PhD Thesis, London University, 2001

This thesis is of wide interest to designers and design historians as it provides a new insight into an early large-scale practical design research project, conducted by Bruce Archer’s team at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, and also into the thinking of the early years of design research and the Design Methods movement.

Full thesis downloadable in nine .pdf files

The copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author.


1. The Kings Fund Bed Project

2. How to Make a Bed?

3. Specifications and Simulations

4. ‘Real Beds’: Making and Selling

5. Buying and Using ‘Real Beds’

6. The Success of the Kings Fund Bed


List of Interviewees

These downloads are from a copy deposited by me at, a valuable project that aims to conserve digital respources that might disappear in the constant change of the internet

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