When midsummer is over on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, the down gatherers at duvet makers Norvegr know that it is time to take up their sacks and begin collecting. The company – which also supplies Relais & Châteaux and Belmond hotels – makes some of the finest duvets in the world, with its most exceptional the eiderdown designs made with down – never feathers – from the Norwegian eider duck. In a painstaking process, the down is handpicked from abandoned nests, with each yielding approximately 15-20g of down and one experienced person taking a week to clean a single kilo. There is an annual production of less than 100kg, making it highly prized and some of the cosiest in the world, keeping slumberers warm in winter and cool in summer.
Yet what sets Norvegr apart is its bespoke service. Does your partner get hotter at night than you? Then the double duvet can be made with different weights on either side. Do you wake up cold, or like to keep your windows open? What climate do you dwell in? Such are the questions asked in the initial consultation with a Norvegr expert.
The company also offers made-to-measure sizes, including a recent commission for a 300cm x 260cm duvet, for use in a large stone manor. Some of its more original and interesting commissions have been light eiderdown duvets intended for yachts, sleeping bags for hunting dogs and special duvets for children.
All eiderdown duvets (from €2,430, Nordic size 140cm x 200cm, to €5,000, American size 272cm x 234cm) are handmade, with prices varying for the amount of down. Each duvet comes with a 10-year guarantee and can be restored thereafter at one third of the current retail price.
This is surely one of the chicest ways to hibernate this winter.