Over the past few months I have received a crash course in beds and mattresses. And not just any bed…a Savoir Bed. For more than 100 years these beds have been the choice of luminaries as diverse as Sir Winston Churchill, Giacomo Puccini and Marilyn Monroe. It’s history began in 1905 during a remodel of the Savoy Hotel in London.
When hotel founder Richard D’Oyly Carte could not find any bed on the market to meet the high standards of the hotel he commissioned upholster James Edwards to create the Savoy Bed. To ensure quality and exclusivity, the Savoy purchased the bedding company in the 1930s. It did not change hands again until 1997, when Savoir Beds was born. The Savoy bed, with its trademark Trellis ticking, designed by Lady D’Oyly, is still made today under the name Savoir No. 2 Bed. After a £200 million refurbishment, The Savoy reopened in 2010, boasting a Savoir Bed in all of its best rooms, and the sumptuous Savoir No. 1 in the Royal Suite.
So just what make a Savoir Bed so special? For starters, the bed is COMPLETELY HANDMADE to clients’ exact specifications. Furthermore, each bed is made by one craftsman from beginning to end. Once the bed is finished the bedmaker signs his name on the Savoir label. And what goes into the processes and bed is beyond compare – dovetailed joints; hand-tied springs; loose, curled horsetail hair, lambswool, cashmere and hand rolled edges.
Standards are such that it takes at least one year to teach an apprentice the techniques necessary for constructing the base of the Savoir Bed and two years to make the mattresses and headboards. It’s simply the BEST. Here are a few photos from my London visit: