Savoir Beds, the über-luxe, handcrafted bed company that started out in 1905 by making its wares for The Savoy, is a bit of a legend in slumberland. Every bed is different, each one tailored for its discerning customers. And although it has always had a range of headboards, it recently asked four of the UK’s best-known designers – Nicky Haslam, Virginia White, Jane Churchill and Mary Fox Linton – to come up with something special. “We wanted to spark things up a bit,” says Alistair Hughes, Savoir Beds’ managing director, “to inspire our customers and show them what could be done.”
Haslam responded to the challenge with a creation inspired by a glass vase, in a rich amber velvet with gold leaf on its slightly curving top (there’s an ombré version to come). White’s is a great contrast: low, crisp and elegant, it is indisputably contemporary, upholstered in horsehair with accompanying silk-screen-printed cushions. Churchill gives the headboard her signature quintessentially British look with some soft curves in two shades of blue – a peony design for the main part and a plain pale colour for the padded border. Fox Linton’s vast rectangular style comes in bespoke linen textiles from Claremont, in shades of burnt amber and cream (£3,100, pictured). All these can be tailored to suit a client’s requirements. Typical prices range from under £3,000 to £10,000, depending upon fabric choice.