Hästens has a rich history running back through six generations—from the roots as master saddlers to Hästens appointment as Royal Purveyors, and the Spirit of Excellence that drives the company forward into the future. The journey to where Hästens now is one filled with passion, skill and the pursuit of making the best handcrafted beds in the world.
The bond that ties all of Hästens together is the Spirit of Excellence, a way of working and thinking that brings you the best sleep you’ll ever have. Each generation of Hästens has had its pioneers, individuals whose drive and vision has left a mark on the beds you sleep on.
Hästens was born in 1852, and with it our Spirit of Excellence. An ideology that lies in the connection between the master craftsman and the bed; one deriving from skills, pride and devotion. It’s the source of the passion that has driven Hästens to pursue its path for six generations; fulfilling dreams with handcrafted all-natural beds of unmatched quality.
Six generations of master craftsmen have lead Hästens to where it is now—a family company still driven by the virtues of sleep and humble pride over its craft. Each generation has played its part in shaping Hästens, overcoming challenges on the way. Here’s a condensed history of Hästens, call it bedtime reading if you will.
SINCE 1852, 22ND MARCH
Hästens originated as a saddler. At the time, master saddlers were also upholsterers, proudly devoted to their craft of making equestrian goods and beds using horsetail hair. Our legacy—the horse, the horsetail hair, the tailor, the handcraft—is present in every detail of Hästens and its beds.
Over time, as the automobile reduced the need for saddlery, the family focused more and more on beds. Soon Hästens specialized in making the most comfortable beds ever made; our knowledge and mastery of this intricate handcraft becoming unmatched.
From the day we made our first bed, natural materials have always played a fundamental role. In 1852 cotton, horsetail hair, wool and flax were superior to other materials and, surprisingly, even today… that remains the case. And, then as it is now, the best way to craft using these materials is by hand. This tradition of hand craftsmanship gives our bed makers a deeply-rooted understanding and mastery of both their art, and the natural materials that are so crucial to its consolidation.
Imbuing everything we do with our Spirit of Excellence is still a founding principle that informs the work of our master craftsmen. And to them, there is no other way or standard of working.
TOP DOWN REINVENTION
Our company was founded by individuals who were openly obsessed with quality; a common facet of those working daily with natural materials. They were devoted to making the very best—pure and simple fact. With the ultimate goal of making the best bed available at the time, they began systematically reinventing and refining the conventions of bed making—beginning with the mattress.
The beds considered to be ‘great’ during the 19th century were made in Europe. So our master craftsmen did what Swedes do best; combining the standout features of these European beds with Swedish ingenuity, craft expertise, logic and problem solving. The resulting mattresses lifted bed making to a completely new level and set the standard for the incremental developments we continue to employ today.
We are proud to be Sweden’s oldest manufacturer of beds, yet that’s not stopped us refining and streaming the techniques we utilize to create the best beds in the world. Along the course of our rich history we’ve left an indelible mark on the bed making industry; with innovations like the pocket spring system.
We were also the first company to use a top mattress on a continental bed and introduced the frame bed to the world. The very notion of the modern bed has its roots in our workshop in Koping (pronounced “Sherping”), Sweden. By grounding our progressive approach to bed making in the Spirit of Excellence and only using natural materials we remain at the cutting edge of sleep.
The foundation for Hästens beds, the humble horsehair is our most beloved material. And it’s got some of the most wondrous properties.
‘Understated performance’, is how flax might be described. A very humble material with numerous health benefits to help you sleep peacefully.
Letting the whole body breath easily, cotton is the perfect complement to horsehair. Soft, strong and sympathetic.
Wool is warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re roasting. Wool is nature’s performance material, and it’s also incredibly flame-resistant!
Vividus is the ultimate perfection. The luxury bed of luxury beds. The result of our centuries-long passion for craftsmanship and passion for expert bed making. Hästens Vividus is a showcase of the finest natural materials, painstaking traditional handcraft and detailing. And to experience the Vividus sleep is like touching a dream. Quite simply, it’s the best bed we’ve ever made.
A bed like Vividus can only be truly experienced in person at a limited number of exclusive locations. During your private, VIP experience you’ll be guided through Vividus’ construction, your personalised options and immerse yourself in its tranquilty.
Six generations of Swedish bed making tradition. Unrivalled comfort. Handmade with passion. We use only ethically-sourced sustainable resources and natural materials to craft a Hästens bed. The purest flax, wool and cotton, slow-grown Swedish pine and genuine hypoallergenic horsehair.
The best bed in the world. Handmade from beginning to end. An uncompromising showcase of expert craftsmanship with unmatched levels of support and comfort.
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Sumptuous fabrics. Iconic Hästens check. Premium materials. Sourced from across the globe for the ultimate Hästens experience
Bed accessories for every taste and style, made in quality, ethically-sourced natural materials and beautiful colorways.