Press release, London, April 2014
Heal’s started trading as a mattress making company more than 200 years ago, and quickly became known as the place to go for an expertly made bed. A bed from Heal’s was considered the best that money could buy. This rich history and extensive expertise is still very much in use today; it’s been key to the development of the highly luxurious Heritage bed collection, which is designed to offer a lifetime of the very best rest.
Handmade in England by skilled specialists, the Heritage collection is made up of three models with their own distinct feel. They do, however, share some characteristics – for instance, each features the same high-quality craftsmanship and supreme levels of comfort. The range is comprised of the aptly named Finest bed, the Stamford bed named after the town where the wool used in the filling is sourced, and the Harris bed, which takes its name from John Harris Heal who originally founded Heal’s as a mattress maker in 1810.
All Heritage bed bases feature a unique dual-spring system, which provides the ultimate support for your body as you sleep. This spring system is made up of hundreds of pocketed springs, sitting within a base of coir and wool, atop a webbed network of hourglass springs.
The mattresses work perfectly with these bases. Containing the finest natural fillings, including Southdown wool from the Burleigh Estate in Lincolnshire, silk, bamboo, cotton and cattle tail, the deeply comfortable mattresses are hand–finished with rows of strengthening side-stitching.
One of the key features of these beautiful beds is the use of Heal’s traditional craft techniques. A perfect example is the triple layers of individually calico-pocketed springs (the count is between 2,108 and 3,978, depending on the tension required). Nested together in a honeycomb structure, the springs can move independently to provide the body with support exactly where needed.
The final special touches come at the end of the making process; all Heritage beds are upholstered in pure linen, individually numbered and delivered with a card signed by the bed’s maker.
Heal’s Heritage Harris bed upholstered in linen, from £10,000
Heal’s Heritage Stamford bed upholstered in linen, from £14,000
Heal’s Heritage Finest bed upholstered in linen, from £18,000
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Heal’s has been designing, making and selling quality furniture for more than two centuries now, so it’s no surprise that it’s known as ‘the home of modern and contemporary designer furniture’.
Starting out as a bed-makers in 1810, and later embracing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, Heal’s has a long history of collaborating with prominent designers. Heal’s is as passionate today as it’s always been about introducing new ranges, discovering stars of the future and pushing the boundaries of outstanding contemporary design.