Alum Charles Hall's Quest to Revive the Waterbed

Monday, January 07, 2019

DORNOB -- As fate would have it, it looks like those days will soon be upon us once again. Charles Hall, the creator of the original waterbed, is determined to revive his iconic invention for the modern masses.

Back in 1967, when Hall was just a student at San Francisco State University, he stumbled upon flotation furniture as part of an assignment for his engineering class. That led him to showcase his much-talked-about “Pleasure Pit”: an 8-square-foot heated furnishing that harnessed the properties of both a bed and a chair. After receiving backlash from those ruling the interior industry, the innovator took to the streets and delivered his products to celebrities who were keen to be his guinea pigs.