The Waterbed, Invented by Alum Charles Hall, Turns 50

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Newspaper advertisement stating that pleasure is a waterbed

NATIONAL POST (TORONTO)/CANADIAN PRESS -- Hall debuted his creation in 1968 at San Francisco State University where he was an industrial design student. Dubbed the “pleasure pit,” it generated instant media attention for its promise of sexual exploits.

“It was such a curiosity, and people had never seen anything like that that moved and was compliant like that,” says Hall.

The following year, he began a two-man production in Sausalito, California, crafting redwood frames by hand. Innerspace Environments would eventually grow to 32 retail stores in California.

Image: Newspaper advertisement for Charles Hall’s Innerspace Environments