"Sleep under a cardboard box so a homeless youngster doesn't have to." That's the message Dutch textile designer SNURK Beddengoed packages along with their scarily realistic looking duvet & mattress covers.
Though you may sleep in comfort and warmth, the look of this bedding will remind you of those for whom life is no bed of roses.
Awareness is only half the battle, tough. SNURK Beddengoed promises to donate "a large proportion" of the sale proceeds of the Le Clochard (French for "The Tramp") duvet cover and the Le Trottoir (French for "The Sidewalk") mattress cover to SZN, a foundation established for the benefit of homeless youth in the Netherlands.
The designs are certainly striking, thanks to digital printing that allows for optimal image quality. The Le Clochard duvet cover reproduces the look of taped-together cardboard boxes down to the black serial numbers and wrinkled surfaces. The Le Trottoir mattress cover is even more jarring, looking for all the world like a section of gritty cobblestone pavement complete with moss growing between the blocks and a bronze water main access cover.
The only problem one might have with these faux homeless bedding designs is that they could clash with your home decor scheme.
You could always tell visitors that film fashion kingpin Mugatu ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!") finally came out with the "Derelicte" line from the modern cult movie Zoolander. As Mugatu stated, "Let me show you Derelicte. It is a fashion, a way of life inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique." Indeed.
SNURK advises potential purchasers that all of their products are made from 100% cotton and are produced in an environment-friendly, child labor-free facility - possibly in Malaysia but SNURK's not saying. Visit the SNURK Beddengoed website to select from a range of available sizes and to order online.