If there was an immediate, entirely pleasurable way to improve your well-being – no work, exercise or change of diet required – wouldn’t you take advantage of it? You spend a third of your life asleep. Sleep well, and your waking life – the vital two thirds of your lifetime – can be physically active and mentally energetic. Sleep badly, and you never catch up on the day. The difference a handmade, properly constructed bed can make is remarkable. Knowing this, The Savoy Hotel decided in 1905 to create the perfect bed for its guests, and what is now known as the Savoir ‘No2 bed’ was born.
Every Savoir bed contains the finest natural materials, chemical free and designed to provide the perfect sleeping environment. The curled horse tail hair regulates your temperature to optimise the quality of your REM sleep, and the handtied springs provide the ideal support. Each bed, crafted for a private client, is made specifically for them, and each side can be made with different support levels (after all, we are normally a different size, shape and weight from our partner). All of this requires exceptional craftsmanship – something that Savoir takes great pride in. And like a work of art, each mattress, topper, box-spring and headboard is signed by the person who makes it.
The fact that Savoir makes each bed for a specific client, and the fact they are made on the bench as opposed to on a production line, allows the beds to be tailored in other ways. Savoir believes that a bed should not only be comfortable, it should look great too. Creative director Mandeep Dillon designed the beautiful Amelia bed in 2016, as well as working with an array of famous international designers to create stunning models. During 2017 Savoir will be launching exciting collaborations with Madeline Weinrib (USA), Arik Levy (France), Steve Leung (Hong Kong) and Teo Yang (South Korea).
However, for something totally unique, Savoir provides clients with more opportunity for their own design than any other bed maker in the world. This may include creating a custom fabric with a specialist in bespoke textile, such as Insley & Nash. Working with them, Savoir has created a very special, foiled fabric, printed by hand. This was used to stunning effect on the bed that launched their new Chelsea Harbour showroom in September 2016. Clients have since commissioned their own fabrics from Insley & Nash to create a very personal design.
Fabric is not the only possibility, and literally the sky is the limit in terms of design. In fact, Savoir have made a number of beds to fit into private aircraft, where weight can be a particular issue, and have even used an aircraft wing to create a headboard. Super yacht clients are waking up to the fact that they want to sleep as well at sea as they do at home, so demand for the tapered shapes so often required in this environment is increasing. The Savoir team will happily visit boatyards around the world to make the necessary templates for the perfect fit. And they are always happy to install globally as required. One of the most interesting set ups over the last year was a huge circular bed which rotated so that the client, at the touch of her iPod screen, could change her view from the beautiful fireplace to the stunning countryside seen through the picture windows.
To start your journey with Savoir Beds, please visit one of their showrooms around the world; the brand has just opened a second New York showroom, and will be opening more in Europe, the US and Asia throughout 2017.