Devon-based Vispring first pioneered pocket-sprung mattresses in 1901, and since then every bed it produces has been handmade to order in the company’s Plymouth factory. Which means there are a whole range of bespoke specifications available: from beds to fit berths on yachts (a growing part of its business) and mattresses (from £1,405 for a king) with corners cut out to fit four-posters (from £180 per corner), to size, shape and spring tension requests. The company also make bespoke divans and headboards (from £2,785 for a king, such as the Berkeley headboard, second picture).
Recent orders have included designs for Plymouth-based Princess Yachts, who wanted crew’s bed mattresses specially bevelled on the sides to fit the angles of the boat. Elsewhere, it has created round mattresses and beds (2m round-beds from £30,000; example in first picture) most notably in collaboration with designer Nicky Haslam – who designed a lavish clam-shaped bed for an exhibition at design show Decorex. And the company charts a growing number of embellished and decorative headboard designs as the trend increases for personalised bed furniture: a recent client, for example, asked for quilted headboard with Swarovski crystals. But the most lavish request to date is a 7ft Majesty mattress with gold-plated springs (Vanadium steel is standard), part of a £90,000 mattress and divan purchase.
Upholstery-wise, the company has a wide range of fabrics to choose from – most recent of which is the new fabric collection updated by Terence Mesguich Jacquemin, the French designer who has previously worked for Philippe Hurel and La Cornue. The range includes warm-hued leathers, paisley wool and a rather natty David Hicks-esque, hexagon-pattern cotton/viscose. Clients can also provide their own fabrics and a monogramming service is available too.
Meanwhile, bed and mattress constructions include Austrian Moosburger horsehair, Shetland wool, vicuna, mohair, silk, cashmere and bamboo, as well as 100 per cent platinum-certified pure British fleece wool that’s chosen for its bounce, and Vispring uses this more than any other bed-maker in the world. Thankfully – the important bit – mattresses can be designed to be anything from extra soft to extra firm, and even both combinations in one bed for different sleeping partners’ requirements.
“Buying a bed is very personal,” says Vispring managing director Mike Meehan. “Your bed is among the most discreet, yet important, purchase you’ll make.”