Chapter one. The visionary, 1889
Impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte opens the Savoy Hotel, setting a new standard in luxury and comfort. Guests marvel at ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, rooms bathed in electric light, and ascending rooms, (or lifts as they are known today).
Chapter two. The Savoy Bed, 1905
Unable to find a bed to meet his exacting standards, D’Oyly Carte commissions upholsterer James Edwards Limited to create the ultimate bed. The sumptuous Savoy Bed is an immediate success. This masterpiece is still made today, (ask your design team for the Nº2) and the spirit of its creation governs everything we do.
Chapter three. The Savoy Bedworks, 1930s
To ensure complete exclusivity D’Oyly Carte buys James Edwards Limited. At the behest of his guests he allows select customers to commission their own Savoy beds. The Savoy Bedworks is born.
Chapter four. Beds of note
The late King Hassan II of Morocco, known to travel with a large retinue and his own furniture has his mattress damaged in transit. Forced to use a Nº2 bed, he declares it ‘like sleeping on a cloud’ and orders 24 for his palace.
Chapter five. Slow business
A new owner is sought for the Bedworks, on the condition that they continue to make the now legendary Savoy bed using the same time-honoured methods; bed of this quality cannot be made in a factory. The Savoy reject all offers from modern bed manufacturers. The new owner is the only buyer willing to commit to slow business, keeping the existing craftspeople and continuing to use traditional handcrafting and the finest natural materials.
Chapter six. A new standard in luxury, 1998
With growing demand from hotel clients, a new classic is launched, the Nº4. Before long their well-slept customers ask to buy it too, and so the Nº4 enters our showrooms. It combines simpler handcrafting techniques with the fine natural materials and fillings we are famous for, without compromising on comfort and luxury.
Chapter seven. Special commissions
Harking back to our history of combining traditional handcrafts with leaps in innovation, we begin taking special commissions from our most particular clients. We create tailor made beds for private jets and yachts, revolving beds and round beds. And as with every Savoir bed, every last detail is considered to ensure the perfect combination of comfort, support and style.
Chapter eight. Raising the bar, 2005
The Nº3 arrives, more sumptuous than the Nº4 and less complex that the Nº2. Additional layers of loose horsetail in the mattress and topper promote yet deeper sleep and customers report awaking feeling more refreshed.
Chapter nine. The last word in luxury, 2010
A new masterpiece is born. The Nº1 is designed for those who demand only the very best. Our deepest, most sumptuous bed yet, it is the apogee of bespoke bedmaking and the Savoy immediately order one for their Royal Suite.