BY BAILEY STOREY

Sound, restful sleep is true luxury. And a good sleep starts with the quality of the bed you are sleeping in.

Hästens is a Swedish-based company specializing in some of the world’s best handmade beds, mattresses and bedding accessories, with a studio location in Toronto.

It was there that onlookers got a recent demonstration on the intricacies of side stitching from a Hästens master craftsmen, Jimmy Kindström. The event was actually billed as “the first live bed-making event in Canada”, and those who took part were not disappointed.

“It’s a pride in craftsmanship, right from the beginning,” says Nicholas Vardon, a “sleep consultant” with Hästens in Toronto. That’s how Vardon describes the company’s strongest virtue and motivation for providing the best product to their clients.

Since 1852, Hästens has built a reputation founded on the best in comfort and luxury. Each bed is meticulously handcrafted by a team of artisans who all share a passion for helping people enjoy a sound sleep. The care and effort required for each bed was so extensive during Hästens’ humble beginning that the production was exclusive to family. Today, thanks to a growing team of craftsmen and women, they are delighted to deliver a better sleep across the world.

Hästens’ beds give the sensation of floating while maintaining structure and support. The signature experience starts with a blend of organic and high-quality materials including horsehair, cotton, flax, and premium steel springs. Since the combination delivers a natural ventilation system that prevents overheating and keeps your mattress clean, a Hästens bed is made to be with you for a lifetime.

“This isn’t a disposable product.” Vardon adds. “The time has been taken so you can enjoy it.”

The production of a Hästens bed begins with “a pride in hard days and long work.” This is what I was told before witnessing for myself as Kindström performed the side stitching of a mattress. The expertise and training that goes into this was very clear to me and everyone else in the room, as Kindström followed an extremely particular path with a long needle, using the signature-checked pattern as a reference.

I was offered a chance to complete one stitch myself, and my struggle proved that it requires years of experience to be completely familiar with the process.

The event offered guests an intimate, hands-on experience revealing the effort and commitment that goes into creating a Hästens bed. It is a passion that extends directly to the client, who sleep consultants like Vardon warmly consider, “part of the family.”

For more on the Hästens sleep experience, head here.

From left, Robert Santarsieio, Hastens Eastern Manager, Nicholas Vardon, Toronto Sleep Consultant, Marie Larsson, Executive Director, Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Jimmy Kindström, Hastens Craftsman