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Quality That Lasts
September 30, 2009   
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In an industry where everyone else focuses on cost, Hästens keeps its focus on quality. The vision of giving the world the best bed allows for no shortcuts. For more than 150 years, Hästens has hand-crafted beds using nothing but all-natural filling materials.

In the late 1980s, the present owner, Jan Ryde took over the reins at Hästens and thus became the fifth generation to run the privately-owned family company. Hästens, founded in 1852, is Sweden's oldest manufacturer of beds and started out by primarily making saddles and carriage furniture. The main filling material used for saddles was horsehair and already back then it was common knowledge that horsehair also provided the best possible filling material for mattresses. To begin with, the saddle makers at Hästens only manufactured beds on demand. This demand increased at such a rate that making beds with time became the main business for the company. The Hästens brand name ("Hästens" is Swedish for horses) and logo are references to its origin as a saddlery. Blue checked fabrics have been the company's trademark since 1978 as well.

Craftsmanship and quality are two keywords at Hästens where the world's most expensive beds are still made by hand using only the finest natural filling materials that breathe: cotton, horsehair, flax, wool and down. All Hästens' beds are free from the foam plastic, polyurethane and latex that many other bed manufacturers use in their mattresses. At the factory in the small town of Köping, about 130 kilometers south of the Swedish capital Stockholm, they say: "When your aim is to build the world's most comfortable beds, no machine can surpass the skills of a master craftsman. Machines may do it cheaper, but humans always do it better, using our tried and long-tested methods." So Hästens' craftsmen make each bed step by step, using natural materials. After that, the parts are sewn together manually for the best possible final result. That's why the manufacturer offers a 25-year guarantee covering spring or frame breakage.

Hästens beds are appreciated by many from palace to cottage, since 1952 Hästens has had the honor of being the supplier of beds to the Swedish royal court. The company, which received the Swedish Trade Council's Grand Export Prize in April 2006, is currently established in more than 30 markets and continues to expand.

In Poland, the Hästens brand is represented and distributed by Scandia Polska Spó³ka z o.o. (www.scandiapolska.pl).

Only the finest natural materials
HORSEHAIR comes with its own, extremely effective, built-in ventilation system. Moisture passes through the hollow strands so quickly that if you wet horsehair with water and give it a shake, it dries straight away. So horses have their own air conditioning system that keeps them dry in the heat of summer. This quick-drying property is perfect for a mattress because body temperatures often transform into moisture in the form of perspiration. Hästens conducts careful testing to ensure that there is no allergy causing material in the horsehair they use.

WOOL. Pure new wool is used as stuffing in Hästens beds. Wool is an important component in the membrane that regulates the temperature of the bed and ensures outstanding comfort. Since wool has the amazing ability to warm and to cool, it works as the bed's natural climate control unit. You stay dry and sleep at just the right temperature.

FLAX is one of our oldest cultivated crops, popular through the ages thanks to its combination of strength, elasticity and ability to absorb moisture. Hästens uses flax underneath and between the spring systems, and in some cases above the springs. The flax padding is extremely durable and flexible, and it also minimizes and diverts static electricity.

PINE. The frames of Hästens beds are built from solid pine from the north of Sweden, which is grown slowly for maximum strength.

STEEL. Hästens' new patented spring system, combined with special tempered Swedish springs, makes the beds wonderfully soft on the surface with comfortable support at every level. This system means that each spring can move more independently of the others, creating the most pliable and flexible bed.

DOWN is nature's own stuffing, tried and tested over millions of years. It insulates and holds warmth from your body, while allowing moisture to evaporate.

Hästens Concept Stores:

41 Maliborska St., 03-286 Warsaw
tel. 022-331-17-07
e-mail: Warszawa@scandiapolska.pl
569 Grunwaldzka Ave., 80-320 Gdañsk
tel. 058-342-47-35
e-mail: gdansk@scandiapolska.pl

Scandia Polska Showroom
5 Zak³adowa St., 83-250 Skarszewy
tel. 058-533-93-93; e-mail: info@scandiapolska.pl
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